Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Danica G. Hays
School counselors need multicultural competence to implement comprehensive school counseling programs that promote the academic achievement of all students. Prior research demonstrates that school counselors have reported high levels of multicultural competence. However, there is no evidence that this self-perceived competence translates into practice. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of how practicing professional school counselors conceptualize multicultural competence and how they implement it into their work. To explore this topic, 12 practicing school counselors from a southeastern, urban school district participated in individual interviews, focus groups, and documents reviews. A research team analyzed the data for themes and patterns, and findings were subjected to verification procedures. Three categories emerged: conceptualization of multicultural competence, implementation of multicultural competence, and improvements and incongruencies.
"A Phenomenological Exploration of School Counselors' Conceptualization and Implementation of Multicultural Competence"
(2010). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), dissertation, , Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/x20t-bc73