Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

N. Topetzes


Recent literature points to the fact that there is a growing trend toward minimizing the administrative duties for which the homeroom was originally established and maximizing its role in group guidance. In a large number of schools the homeroom is the principal unit in the guidance program. If, then, this program in which the homeroom teacher, adviser, or sponsor plays such a vital part should become truly functional in the lives of the students, one of the basic requirements is that she must be well acquainted with their needs, interests, and abilities. Furthermore, to be successful to any degree in achieving the guidance goals in the homeroom, it is essential that the content be based upon the common needs of the youth in a given school situation. Since these needs are manifested through the identification of their problems, it was the purpose of this study to gather, analyze, and interpret data concerning the common problem areas and problems of chief concern to the students of Maria High School with the hope that the data presented would offer suggestions for appropriate content for group guidance on the four grade levels, grades nine through twelve.