NCGE Resources

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Review of Guidance Counselling provision in second level schools 2012-2013

Report of the findings

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Koem Nomden, DG EAC, speaking at the National Conference on Guidance 2013

NCGE hosted the National Conference on Guidance in the Ballsbridge Hotel on Friday March 1st, 2013. The theme of the 2013 conference was Lifelong Guidance: Building the Evidence Base.

Koem Nomden, Policy Officer, DG EAC, European Commission spoke at the conference.

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NCGE Opinions Films

Following NCGE’s successful week of events in March 2013, on the theme of ‘Building the Evidence Base’, we spoke to conference delegates and international experts to discover their opinions on what is the most critical aspect of Lifelong Guidance: Building the Evidence Base. The result has been the production of one introductory and 11 short opinion films which have great relevance to guidance in Ireland and Europe today. These films can be viewed here.

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Framework for considering provision of guidance in post-primary schools

In response to changes to the guidance landscape in schools from September 2012, the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools (ACCS), Irish Vocational Education Association (IVEA), Joint Managerial Body (JMB) and National Association for Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) issued a Framework for Considering Provision of Guidance in Post Primary Schools.

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Minister Ciarán Cannon introduces the 12th plenary meeting of the ELGPN

The 12th plenary meeting of the ELGPN was hosted by NCGE in Dublin in March 2013.

Here Minister Cannon introduces the meeting.

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Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Keynote Speaker at the National Conference on Guidance 2013

NCGE hosted the National Conference on Guidance in the Ballsbridge Hotel on Friday March 1st, 2013. The theme of the 2013 conference was Lifelong Guidance: Building the Evidence Base.

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, was the Keynote Speaker at the Conference

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Susan Kraatz, DG EMPL, speaking at the National Conference on Guidance, 2013

NCGE hosted the National Conference on Guidance in the Ballsbridge Hotel on Friday March 1st, 2013. The theme of the 2013 conference was Lifelong Guidance: Building the Evidence Base.

Susan Kraatz, Policy Officer, DG EMPL, European Commission, spoke at the conference.

Post date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 09:51

Navigating the Horizon

This presentation focuses on a paradigm shift in the conceptualisation of career. In the labour market a career is not chosen, it is constructed through a series of choices we make throughout our lives. This transformation in the concept of career has implications to the widening paradigm of lifelong guidance and how lifelong career management skills and transversal employability skills can be learned as a continuum from comprehensive education to higher education and adult learning. There is also evidence that in addition to learning outcomes on individual level, coherent career education programmes have wider economic and social outcomes. The beneficiaries include individuals, families, communities and the organisations where they study and work, as well as society as a whole. There is an extensive research base which indicates that lifelong guidance is most effective where it meaningfully connects to the wider experience and lives of individuals and provides services relevant to their needs. It should recognize the diversity of individuals and provide services relevant to their need by combining a range of different interventions. It should also encourage the acquisition of lifelong career management skills.

 

Post date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 09:49

Perspectives on the use of ability tests in schools

This video was inspired as a result of a series of Continued Professional Development workshops undertaken in Irish secondary schools. The hopes for ability tests were too often not fulfilled. There was a mismatch in messages being delivered to students as result of testing and what their real needs were. These concerns will be addressed in this video.

 
We recommend the following materials in conjunction with this video:
  • Best Practice, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Psychometric Testing for Guidance Counsellors by Declan Fitzgerald and Ciara Farrell which can be found here.
  • Video Role Play: Provision of Feedback on Psychometric Test Results by Declan Fitzgerald can be found here.
  • A guide for post-primary schools in developing a policy for the use of assessment instruments (including tests and web-based resources) was developed by NCGE and can be accessed here.
  • Data Protection for the Guidance Counsellor: Issues To Plan For by Hugh Jones can be accessed here.
Post date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 08:58

Video Role Play: Provision of feedback on psychometric test results

This role play provides an opportunity to observe a model of feedback that can be used during a one-to-one meeting with a student.   Declan Fitzgerald, Chartered Occupational Psychologist, demonstrates a  model for  the provision of feedback to a student on the results of an ability test. 

The video provides  only one example of how feedback may be provided to a student. 

The student portrayed as Casey Black is a fictional character played by Robbie Glynn, a Leaving Certificate student at the time. 

Declan Fitzgerald portrays the role of a guidance counsellor for the purpose of this interview. 

The role play demonstrates how a feedback conversation can:

  • Reflect what ability tests can and cannot do in broad context of career guidance
  • Use a 'concrete' approach to sharing test results
  • Ensure the test taker is an active partner in the feedback conversation

Special thanks to ENACT for providing facilities to record this role play and for providing the personnel and expertise which made the recording possible.