Title page for ETD etd-3935162139711101

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Perusse, Rachelle
Author's Email Address rperusse@vt.edu
URN etd-3935162139711101
Title Perceptions of School Counselors towards Junior Reserve Officers' training Corps (Jrotc) in Virginia Public Schools
Degree PhD
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Fortune, Jimmie C.
Hohenshil, Thomas H.
Hutchins, David E.
Lee, Elizabeth
Curcio, Claire Cole Vaught Committee Chair
  • school counseling
Date of Defense 2000-01-01
Availability unrestricted

This study examined the perceptions that

Virginia public high school counselors have

towards the Junior Reserve Officers'

Training Corps (JROTC) program in their

schools. Specifically, four areas of research

questions were addressed: (1) knowledge;

(2) beliefs and attitudes about benefits to

students; (3) the extent to which JROTC is

recommended to all students; and (4) the

appropriateness of JROTC for particular


Data for this study were obtained from high

school counselors in Virginia who were

working in a school which offered JROTC

as an elective. A questionnaire containing

statements about the claims of JROTC was

generated. The questionnaire contained a

combination of true/false questions,

Likert-type scale questions, a checklist of

student characteristics, open-ended

questions, and a final section on

demographics. The investigator conducted

follow-up interviews with school counselors

at selected schools. Data analysis were

relational and descriptive.

Results indicated that school counselors

were knowledgeable about the relationship

between JROTC and the military. School

counselors indicated that they were in

general agreement with the claims of

benefits to students by JROTC, and

indicated a positive attitude about these

benefits to students. School counselors

identified specific characteristics of students

for whom they would recommend JROTC.

School counselors also indicated for whom

JROTC is an appropriate elective, and for

whom it may not be appropriate or feasible.

It was concluded that school counselors

have a generally positive perception

towards JROTC in Virginia public schools.

Recommendations for future research were


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