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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Research Invitation: investigation of school counselor perceptions ...

We invite you to participate in our investigation of school counselor perceptions of the importance of those school counseling practices associated with social justice advocacy in schools and communities. We believe that school counselors can be better trained to address inequities in their schools and communities if they have data to help them understand how others view social justice as more than a value, but as concrete (and thus teachable) practices. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to sort 35 statements reflecting different social justice advocacy practices on a continuum of what best represents your perceptions of the relative importance of engaging in those practices in your own school and community. This sorting process and an accompanying invitation for you to reflect on your decisions regarding your sort, will take approximately 30 - 40 minutes. We are not collecting any data that could identify you (eg. your name) and all other information gathered in this study will be kept securely by us. Your completion of the items in this study indicates your voluntary agreement to participate. For those of you who do choose to participate in this investigation, we appreciate and applaud your contributions to what we believe is an important step in shifting school counselor conversations from a focus on general ideals of social justice and advocacy to action and practices. If you would like to know more about this research project, please contact the lead researcher through the contact information listed below:

Chris Janson
Associate Professor
Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management
University of North Florida
c.janson@unf.edu
(904) 238-3571

Sejal Parikh
Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Counselor Education
North Carolina State University

Sophie Maxis
Assistant Professor
Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management
University of North Florida