NCGE Resources

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.

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.  

Post date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 08:52

Helping Adolescents Cope with Depression

This article details the nature of depression in adolescents, focuses on the role of the guidance counsellor in responding to students who may have depression, presents an overview of how guidance counsellors can help adolescents cope with depression, using cognitive behavioural principles and mindfulness, stresses the importance of guidance counsellors looking after themselves and highlights how Aware can support guidance counsellors. It illustrates how they can use the ‘Coping Triangle’ (Hayes, 2006, 2011) and references a wide-range of practical information and support.

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Best Practice, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Psychometric Testing for Guidance Counsellors

Over the last twenty years there has been a notable increase in the popularity of psychometric testing in both occupational and educational settings. This increase in popularity has led to the proliferation of diverse psychometric tests and testing internationally. The last twenty years has also seen a convergence in what is seen as best practice. This article aims to provide test users in Irish secondary schools with a broad perspective on best practice in using psychometric tests based on international best practice standards. These standards highlight the importance of managing the testing process, to ensure clients are effectively briefed on the strengths and limitations of tests and debriefed on the meaning of their scores.

The effective management of the testing process ensures students can realistically interpret psychometric test information and are effectively prepared for future encounters with psychometric testing. This article will explore best practice standards within an international context and highlight potential ethical and legal considerations, pertinent to the use of psychometric tests in Irish post-primary schools. 

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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Career Counselling: facilitating career learning and development

In this webinar, Liane Hambly discusses the role of career counselling in facilitating career learning and development.  Hambly presents a definition of career counselling and takes us through a three stage model for career counselling delivery (establishing the foundations, exploration of needs and addressing needs) and the theory underpinning this model.  Hambly concludes the webinar with a brief discussion of Dual Processing Theory and the implications of this theory for career guidance and counselling. 
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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Career Matters: Evidence and Implications for Gender and Equality

In this webinar, Dr. Deirdre Hughes, OBE, presents Career Matters: Evidence and Implications for Gender and Equality. Hughes discusses career learning and examines the research evidence base relating to careers education. Hughes takes us through the key findings of a major international review: Careers Education: International Literature Review commissioned by the UK Education Endowment Foundation and explores the implications for gender and equality in changing education and labour markets. Throughout the webinar Hughes invites participants to reflect on policy, research and practice and the implications of career dialogue within educational settings. 

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Embedded clip of '# Redraw the Balance' is courtesy of © Mullen Lowe Group. 
Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Alternative visions of employability: the role of critical pedagogy

Educational policy currently provides a clear imperative:  that educational institutions must aid student employability.  Such emphasis increasingly implicates pedagogy in a discourse promoting a vision of self-interested actors operating calculatively within educational and labour markets.  Many commentators have been critical of consumer rationalism prominent in official discourse, pointing to more complex issues of emotional engagement of students in education. This article will focus on the learner’s ‘career’ and its potential to be placed under academic scrutiny via the reflexive exploration of theory.  This article will also demonstrate how this pedagogical approach can provide a means toward critical career understanding and how this influences future student career enactment. The article argues for the transfer of such learning to an Irish school setting, where it is argued that such pedagogy places employability in its proper place: as something that becomes meaningful and helpful when situated within a wider understanding of ‘career’ development.

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Data Protection Consent in the School Context:Issues to plan for

The Irish and EU Data Protection legislation is designed to protect the privacy and personal data of any individual, regardless of age.
Children are considered to be Data Subjects, equally protected by the legislation.

A key requirement is that any processing of their personal data would be fair, which is a very subjective criterion.

In this document, Hugh Jones outlines the basis for this requirement, as well as to provide some advice for schools and youth organisations who are regularly processing the personal data of those under-18 years of age – the generally accepted cut-off point which differentiates children from adults.

Throughout, he offers pragmatic suggestions to enable schools and organisations to manage personal data in a compliant manner, while meeting their administrative objectives.

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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Career Sailboat Model as a tool for the Guidance Counsellor

There are numerous career development theories and models. Because of the complexity and fluidity of contemporary career development there is need for modern models to assist individuals to navigate career paths with purpose and clarity. The Career Sailboat Model (CSM) was created to enhance the process of career decision-making which emerges within four interactive dimensions - individual, social, political-legal-economical and chance. CSM uses a metaphorical presentation and focuses on the determination of career goals by promoting the process of self-discovery.  This process is facilitated by overlaying a structure which guides both the discovery of self and the evaluation of career opportunities and options. This process utilises all of the career counselling processes including self-knowledge, recognition of educational/professional possibilities and decision/career planning.  The model is founded on the idea that one’s passage to a career is a sailing journey from origin to destination.  While the tentative selection of a career can be an intimidating process, the process of planning and navigating a journey can be much less so.  This model was inspired by the work of many others and many earlier theories. Accordingly, and consistent with constructivist views, the CSM is engaged in helping individuals to compose their own stories and to determine their own destination ports. The model easily permits the use of informal/qualitative assessment instruments by guidance counsellors, for example, use of games, self-report inventories, card sorts. The CSM also allows for great flexibility and adaptation to a wide variety of cultural/social realities and to political-legal-economical dimensions.