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COUNSELLING STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ENUGU STATE


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ABSTRACT

The objective of this study was to find out those counselling strategies that are used in managing disciplinary problem among secondary school students in Enugu state. Six research questions and two research hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The population comprised all the 131 practicing guidance counsellors and 392 teacher counsellors from all the 514 government owned secondary schools in Enugu state. The total number of school counsellors therefore is 523 serving in the 514 secondary schools in Enugu state; the researcher used the survey research design. Data was collected through a questionnaire developed by the researcher called Counselling Strategies for Managing Disciplinary Problems in secondary school. The researcher used the mean ratings of the numerical values assigned to the response options. The two research hypotheses were tested at .05 level of significance using t-test statistic. The instrument was validated by two experts from guidance and counselling and one from measurement and evaluation all from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu. After the validation an instrument of 33 items emerged. The researcher used the Cronbach Alpha reliability estimate to analyse the data collected. It was found that School counsellors in Enugu State to a great extent utilize rules and regulation, changing environment, reinforcement, Rational emotive behavioural therapy, and systematic desensitisaton strategies for managing disciplinary problems among secondary school students to a great extent. It was further found that disciplinary strategies was utilized to a little extent. School Counsellors gender  had no significant influence on their utilization of counselling strategies  for managing disciplinary problems among secondary school students in Enugu State ,Finally school location was found to have significant influence on school Counsellors utilization of counselling strategies for managing disciplinary problems among secondary school students in Enugu State. The researcher recommended that more incentive be given to counsellors in the rural areas as a source of encouragement to enable them attend conferences/seminars/workshops to enable keep pace with how best to apply these strategies.


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