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This study examined the dimensions of cognitive dissonance and the extent to which cognitive dissonance could influence the level of job satisfaction of guidance counsellors. The study was guided by eight research questions and five null hypotheses. The design of the study was correlational survey. The population of the study was 158 practising counsellors in public secondary schools including Demonstration schools in Edo and Delta states. There was no sampling as the population constituted the sample size. The instrument used for data collection was the Counsellors’ Dissonance and Job Satisfaction Questionnaire (CDJSQ). The research questions were answered using percentages and the Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient (r) while the null hypotheses were tested using the Multiple Regression Analysis. The hypotheses were tested at .05 level of significance. Major findings of the study included: 1. The Nigerian counsellor is experiencing cognitive dissonance, though at various levels. 2. The respondents identified the following as the dimensions of job satisfaction experienced by the Nigerian counsellor: commitment, loyalty, involvement, performance and the desire to quit. 3. It was found that the Nigerian counsellor was satisfied with the job. The study revealed the percentage of counsellors’ level of satisfaction on each of the dimensions investigated. 4. It was found that the dimensions of cognitive dissonance are significantly related to the level of satisfaction of counsellors on the job. 5. Extrinsic factors were found to be significantly related to the level of satisfaction of counsellors on the job. The results of the t – calculated at were found to be higher than the table value. In the same vein, the study identified some implications of the findings to the counselling profession and the education system generally. The observed implications prompted the study to make some recommendations, among which are as follow: 1. The Federal Government should revisit its original policy of training counsellors who would be saddled with the responsibility of discharging guidance functions only. Federal government should set the pace by ensuring that counsellors in unity schools do not combine teaching load with counselling. 2. Since extrinsic factors were found to be related to the job satisfaction of the counsellor, infrastructures in schools should be improved upon by government. Counsellors should be provided with offices where they could render guidance services with no intrusion from other members of the school community. 3. The status an individual attains in life is an intrinsic factor in job satisfaction. Thus, the study recommended that Government should approve a separate career line for counsellors. 4. Examination agencies such as the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) and National Examinations Council (NECO) should insist on the availability of a counselling unit staffed with qualified counsellors as a pre – requisite for granting approval to public and private secondary schools to register candidates for public examinations. This recommendation is borne out of the fact that learners need to be guided in their choice of subjects vis – a – vis the vocational choices they make. 5. Cognitive dissonance is an attitude change theory. Therefore, the study recommended that counsellors should mobilise the strategies provided by the theory as means of coping with the realities about the job of the counsellor in the school system, while still maintaining the ethics of the profession.

Project detailsContents
Number of Pages161 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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