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A phenomenological study of high school counselor advocacy as it relates to the college access of underrepresented students

Schaeffer, K., Akos, P., & Barrow, J.
Journal of School Counseling, 8(2), (2010)

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“Data indicate that minority students, economically disadvantaged students, and first- generation students are underrepresented in four-year colleges. Contemporary models encourage school counselors to act as advocates in their schools while addressing inequities and promoting the college access of underrepresented groups of students. This phenomenological study explored the definition and practice of high school counselor advocacy as it relates specifically to increasing access for students traditionally underrepresented in four-year colleges. Results indicate a priority and value of school counselor advocacy, however participants also emphasize challenges to advocacy that lie in their schools, communities, and even in the school counselors themselves.”

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