Comprehensive guidance and counselling programmes in the primary schools of Hong Kong: Teachers’ perceptions and involvement

Mantak Yuen*, Raymond M C CHAN, Patrick S.Y. Lau, Norman C. Gysbers, Peter M.K. Shea

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Abstract

This article describes teachers’ and Life Education Coordinators’ perceptions of, and involvement in, the guidance and counselling activities in primary schools in Hong Kong. Respondents who completed a survey questionnaire comprised 367 class teachers and 66 Life Education Coordinators from 82 primary schools. The results indicated that guidance and counselling activities (including guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and system support) were being implemented in their schools to some reasonable extent. Some differences between teachers and Life Education Coordinators in terms of their involvement and perceptions are discussed. The survey identified a major weakness in the present guidance system in that many teachers who are involved in, and responsible for, implementing a guidance curriculum do not have any training in guidance work. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalPastoral Care in Education
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Comprehensive guidance and counselling programmes
  • Hong Kong
  • Teachers’ perceptions

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