NCGE CPD Programme in Psychometric Testing: Review Report


NCGE designed and developed a CPD programme in psychometric testing for guidance counsellors working in second level schools in response to the findings of a survey on their continuing professional development needs. The Report of the Findings can be found on the NCGE website through the link below. The CPD programme was designed and developed in collaboration with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the CPD facilitators.

The programme was delivered to 195 guidance counsellors on twelve occasions from November 2014 until December 2015. A social constructivist pedagogical approach was employed along with a blended learning approach i.e. a combination of e-learning (preworkshop preparation) and a face-to-face (f2f) workshop. The purpose of the online component prior to the workshop was to prepare participants for the f2f workshop so that workshops could maximize the opportunity for practice based discussion, group work and skills development. The pre-workshop aspect enabled guidance counsellors to re-familiarise themselves with the theory underpinning the practice of psychometric testing, to consider and reflect on their own practice of testing, and to identify their own learning needs prior to the workshop. Posting reflections to the online forum also provided participants with the opportunity to introduce themselves to their peers, and enabled the programme facilitators to note and respond to needs that were articulated during the workshops.

Workshops were held in eight locations nationally - Athlone, Cork (including a centre in Fermoy), Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Sligo. An evaluation of each CPD offering was undertaken at the end of each workshop.

NCGE has undertaken a review of this CPD programme and the findings of the review are presented in this report. The review consisted of an analysis of written feedback provided by participants at the end of each workshop (for each of the 12 workshops) and an analysis of the findings of a survey distributed to participants in May 2016.

The findings of this review will inform the design, development and delivery of future CPD programmes offered to guidance counsellors in schools.

Click on the link to access the full report, NCGE CPD Programme in Psychometric Testing: Review Report