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DOI (Digital Object Identifier)



Leadership and Higher Education


Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

Dissertation Chair

Jose Lalas, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Bobby Ojose, Ph.D.

Richard Gordon, Ph.D.


psychology; education; counseling intervention; Latino/a students; omni education; Participatory action research; school counseling; school engagement


Counseling Psychology | Educational Leadership


Educational justice discourse unveils a wide variety of issues on inequalities that prevail within the educational system in the United States. One such issue that merits the attention of all educators, particularly school counselors, is the lack of school engagement of Latino/a students. Although this has been a historical phenomenon that has been well documented in the literature, there is a dearth of research on school counseling interventions that addresses the problem. The present study explores a conceptual framework that consists of participatory action research, Omni-Education and school counseling intervention, to redirect Latino/a students to school engagement. The study found that the conceptual framework shows great promise when used as a school counseling intervention to redirect Latino/a students into school engagement. Students' perceptions of the counseling intervention experience identified specific lesson points within Omni-Education that were learned and used to engage in school. The results provide at least three specific implications for the school counselor: (1) school counselors can play a key role in advocating for Latino/a students to redirect them to school engagement; (2) the conceptual framework provides a model that can be adopted and utilized by counseling departments with similar populations; and (3) the cycle of planning, acting, observing, and reflecting embedded in participatory action research illustrates an approach that counselors can use to address other educational concerns at hand. As the results of this research were limited to findings from one semester term, it is recommended that future research should use a longer timeframe to see a longitudinal impact. Longitudinal research may identify other methods that school counselors can utilize to showcase their endeavors, evaluate their efforts and be able to address specific challenges that students face in schools today.


© 2014 Jesus Perez

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ISBN: 9781321653052