Stakeholders’ perceptions of school counselling in Singapore: a mixed method study

Low, Poi Kee Frederick (2018) Stakeholders’ perceptions of school counselling in Singapore: a mixed method study. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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Abstract

Using a combination of questionnaires and interviews, this research compared stakeholders’ perspectives regarding school counselling in Singapore schools. Teachers, school and community-based counsellors’ perceptions in relation to a number of aspects of school counselling were first elicited then compared. Similarities and differences between the stakeholders’ views were examined in light of concerns surrounding the current and future development of mental health care for children and young people in Singapore.

Areas of agreement, clarity as well as differences among stakeholders involved in school counselling were revealed. There was agreement among stakeholders in terms of the need for the extension of counselling service into the school context. However, evidence of marked differences was noted, particularly among perceptions on whether school counselling service should provide family counselling and the level of confidentiality upheld in the school setting.

Another related finding was that the stakeholders’ role played a part in shaping the frame in which they view school counselling process. For example, teachers’ need to gain more information from school counsellors was traced back to their intention to use that information to better carry out their roles as teachers. While counsellors and teachers differ in some aspects, there was also differences between school counsellors and community-based counsellors’ in others. In addition, the school counselling situation was also noted to be far from consistent across different schools and communities.

These findings were further discussed in the practice context in Singapore as well as compared to overseas studies. Practical interventions were designed as well as future research were recommended in light of the findings.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Professional Studies thesis.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education (1 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2019)
Supervisors: Van Der Laan, Luke; McNulty, Geoff
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2018 04:17
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2021 00:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: counselling, school, community, perceptions, stakeholders
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520399 Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390404 Educational counselling
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440902 Counselling, wellbeing and community services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160299 Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35120

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