THE IMPACT OF GROUP GUIDANCE ON GRADUATE COUNSELLING STUDENTS’ PREFERENCE FOR THE USE OF COMPUTER-BASED TECHNOLOGY
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Computer-based technology is becoming an integral part of all types of learning and can potentially be used as an important tool in the counseling skills training process and in the counseling practice if the right awareness is created. This study was conducted to examine the impact of group guidance on the graduate counseling students’ preference for the use of computer technology. 78 graduate counseling students participated in the study. The participants were randomly assigned into two equal groups, the treatment and the control (delayed treatment) groups.
The treatment group participated in the group guidance on the use of computer-based technology while the control group had their own group guidance after the post-test scores were recorded. The results obtained from comparing the pre- and post-test scores of both groups using the Analysis of Covariance and the General Linear Modal statistics showed that those who went through group guidance reported a significant higher preference for the use of computer technology than those in the control group. A significant gender difference was recorded in the analyses indicating that even though both female and male students benefited from the group guidance, male students indicated higher preference for computer technology than the female students.
There is a background story that formed the motivation for this study. A graduate counseling student made a beautiful presentation with the aid of computer technology following three guidance sessions on the use of computer-based technology and the other students gave the presenter a resounding applause and showed interest in knowing how to also make beautiful presentations with the aid of computer technology. This incidence brought to light the need to embark on this study to examine the effect of group guidance on the graduate counseling students’ preference for the use of computerbased technology.