A study of eight Canadian student services handbooks : the research and development of a student services
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2000
As Director of Student Services within the WolfCreek School Division No. 72, it came to my attention that this department of educational services did not have a handbook or manual that outlined various areas of service, procedures, policies, and information necessary for central office personnel, school staffs, and parents/guardians to utilize when implementing specialized programs for students. Questions around these issues prompted me to research the work other school divisions and provinces had done in this area of professional services. From this research, I designed, developed and wrote a resource specifically for WolfCreek School Division No. 72. The research and development of this Student Services Handbook revolved around this question of study. "What have other school divisions in Canada written in this area of educational resources and what should the Student Services Handbook developed for Wolf Creek School Division No. 72 consist of?" The pursuit of answering this question involved several methods. For the purpose of studying the work other professional organizations had done in this area the search for handbooks or other parallel resource materials was accomplished by selected school divisions generously sharing their written work, thorough research on the Internet and focused communication with fellow colleagues or other professional associations. Investigating the necessary components for the handbook involved gathering parallel work previously written in other school divisions and provinces as well as checking with fellow colleagues about relevant, recent materials and documentation. The nature of this study, if it was to be brought together conclusively into one type, would be described best as comparative. Two general conclusions were reached after the data was analyzed and interpreted. First, similar written work had been completed by other school divisions and provinces in this area of educational services. Secondly, these parallel resources along with input from school staffs and central office personnel assisted greatly in the unique design, structure, and development of the handbook created for the WolfCreek School Division No. 72. This comparative research revealed in other school divisions and provinces across Canada indicated some similarities and differences. With each of these resources, there was a consistent theme of service delivery, policies / procedures, student referral, and assessment. These themes were integrated in the development of the Student Services Handbook for WolfCreek School Division No. 72. It was also apparent that each school division and province had different methods of implementing student programs which enhanced the study and confirmed the need for a specific resource that would meet the unique needs of each school division and province across Canada. This project describes that process and contains the resulting document I produced from my graduate research, which contributes to meeting WolfCreek School Division No. 72 student's needs by all members of the educational team.
1 vol. (various pagings) ; 29 cm. --
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