Teachers’ Perception of Counselling Ethics in Public Secondary Schools in Zing Educational Zone of Taraba State
Keywords:Perception, Counselling, Value and Ethics
This study investigated the Perception of Counselling Ethics by Public Secondary School Teachers in Zing Education Zing of Taraba State. Two research questions were asked to guide the study and a hypothesis was formulated and tested at 0.05 levels of significance. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The population of the study consisted of 252 teachers in public secondary schools in Zing Educational Zone of Taraba State. A purposive sampling was used to select 100 respondents representing 40% of the teachers in the 22 schools in Zing Educational Zone. The instrument for data collection was a questionnaire titled “Secondary Schools Teachers’ Perception of Counselling Ethics Instrument” (SSTPCEI). The face and content validity was determined by an expert from Taraba State University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Foundation. The reliability coefficient (r) of 0.60 was obtained using the Spearman Rank Correlation Coefficient. Frequency counts and percentages-were used to answer the research questions whereas Spearman Rank correlation coefficient and t-test were used for the null hypothesis in the study at 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed that public secondary school teachers in this Zone had proper perception of counselling ethics. Furthermore, the finding revealed that there was no significant difference between the perceptions of counselling ethics of’ trained teachers and those of non-trained teachers in Zing Educational Zone of Taraba State. Based on the findings, some counselling implications were highlighted. It was recommended that in the dearth of professional counsellors, Secondary School teachers could he assigned to assist professional counsellors or even operate as career masters to perform limited counselling functions for students in the secondary schools.
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