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Training teachers in counselling skills: the effects of microcounselling

Hargie, Owen (1984) Training teachers in counselling skills: the effects of microcounselling. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 54 (2). pp. 214-222. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8279.1984.tb02581.x


This paper examines the effects of a programme of microcounselling upon the training of in-service teachers in specific counselling skills. It is argued that differences exist between the patterns of teacher questions common in classrooms and those appropriate in counselling, and that similar differences can be found between the proportion of teacher- and pupil-talk in both settings. It was found that, following microcounselling, teachers significantly reduced the number of closed questions used, and also effected a significant increase in the total amount of pupil talk. In addition, teachers increased their use of open questions, and decreased their overall talk-times, although neither of these results reached the 0.05 level of significance. It is concluded that microcounselling is a promising, if still evolving, technique for training teachers in the skills of counselling.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Communication
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:20506
Deposited By: Professor Owen Hargie
Deposited On:15 Nov 2011 09:05
Last Modified:15 Nov 2011 09:05

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