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A case study exploring the transition from primary to post-primary school from the perspective of parents and the implications for the guidance counselling profession

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dc.contributor.advisor Galvin, James
dc.contributor.author Ahern, Rosemary
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-04T10:28:09Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6048
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The main aim of this research is to conduct a case study exploring the transition from primary to post-primary school from the perspective of first year parents. The research also aims to establish what support guidance counsellors, teachers and parents provide to assist first years during this process. Additionally, the researcher will explore what strategies could be adopted to support future first year students from a whole school approach to guidance counselling. From an international perspective, a vast amount of research exists regarding school transition and transitional support structures (Mackenzie et al., 2012; Rice et al., 2015; Riglin et al., 2013; Topping, 2011). The main body of research on school transition from an Irish perspective was conducted by Smyth et al., (2004). This case study research provides an insight into the experiences of current first year students and explores what supports can be implemented for future students. This research study was centred on a case study design to examine the lived reality of first year students through the perspective of their parents. The data collection involved conducting six semi-structured interviews with the parents of first year students. The main themes that emerged from the primary findings included the experiences of first year students who transitioned from primary to post-primary school, post-primary transitioning policy and practice, and finally a whole school approach to guidance counselling including a review of the role guidance counsellors, teachers and parents play in supporting incoming first year students. The conclusions highlight that students experience some level of anxiety during the transition from primary to post-primary school. Parents are aware of the career and educational aspects of guidance counselling to 5th and 6th year students. Yet, the research revealed the need for clarification on the role guidance counsellors can play in supporting incoming first year students. This research study emphasised the need to establish a formal transition programme to support first year students in the future. Finally, a number of recommendations were suggested to inform guidance counselling and education policy, practice and further research. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher School of Education, University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject post-primary school en_US
dc.subject guidance conselling en_US
dc.title A case study exploring the transition from primary to post-primary school from the perspective of parents and the implications for the guidance counselling profession en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2017-09-05
dc.embargo.terms 2017-09-05 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US


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