Role of counselling in dressing styles of female students: a case of Kitwe college of education, Zambia.
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The purpose of this study was to establish the role of counselling in dressing styles of female students at Kitwe College Education in Kitwe district on the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. The objectives that guided this study were; to find out the reasons why female students dress in the way they dress; to identify how students cultural background influences their dressing styles; to establish the role of counselling in dressing style of females students at Kitwe College of Education. The study employed a descriptive research design, which involved both qualitative and quantitative methods. Convenient sampling procedure was used for the Administrators; purposive sampling was used to select students for focus group discussion and simple random sampling was used for students: the sample was 205 respondents that were two hundred (200) female students and five (5) Administrators. Data was collected through questionnaires, interviews and focus group discussion. Focus group discussions enabled respondents to give detailed views on various dressing styles and the role of counselling. Interviews were used to have in depth understanding of the phenomena while Questionnaires allowed for qualitative and quantitative data. The study found that students dress that way because it was the kind of dressing that makes them feel smart and presentable. In addition, students felt that it was fashionable to dress the way they did. On the other hand others dressed according to the dress code of their profession (teaching) and they were also mindful of the dos and do not’s of the college regulations. Some students were influenced by their cultural background since they went to college when they are already full grownups and were accustomed to their own way of dressing according to the upbringing. As regards the role counselling, it plays an important role in helping improve peoples’ minds, helps in thinking, to analyse, to question and use that knowledge in a situation. The study recommended that the College should have trained full time counsellors who would be in charge of counselling students with minimum teaching load. During orientation talks of the first years the College counsellors should emphasize on the dress styles that the College wants and every student at Kitwe College of Education should be given a copy of the College rules and regulation of the College upon arrival in the first academic year.
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