Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education


Faculty of Education

First Advisor

Dr Jim Wicks


There is substantial evidence to indicate that societal ills have entered the schools and become manifest in the school environment in the forms of student alienation from the mainstream of the school community and pressures upon schools to provide a range of care related services Although schools are not responsible for the ills of society there is a general community expectation that they will act to counteract any of the social or educational disadvantages that accrue to the young as a consequence. In order to address such issues, Pastoral Care programmes, appear to have been developed in an ad hoc manner in most schools, However, few evaluations of their worth have been undertaken either in Western Australia or elsewhere, This research study :is focused upon the evaluation of a Pastoral Care programme that operated in one Government primary school in Western Australia. The study specifically examines the factors which impinged upon the implementation of this programme.