NCGE Resources

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

Resilience, Character Building and Identity

Terri Morrissey, CEO of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) presents ‘Resilience, character building and identity’ in this webinar recording. Morrissey highlights the importance of resilience and the development of mental toughness in supporting one’s ability to cope with uncertainty, changing and potentially distressing situations.  In this webinar Morrissey explores how to help young people develop resilience and how it relates to stress and wellbeing.  During her presentation Morrissey reflects on whether young people are presented with sufficient challenges to help them build resilience or if they are overprotected by parents/adults and significant others.
 
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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Bereavement: How Guidance Counsellors Can Support The Grieving Student

Death is inevitable and universal, therefore, it is necessary for anyone who works with students to be prepared to offer help to those who experience bereavement naturally, suddenly, or traumatically. Indeed, help is sometimes required in advance of bereavement, in that a student may be ‘anticipating’ the death of a significant person in their life (e.g., parent in hospice care). It is estimated that between 36,000 and 60,000 young people in Ireland have experienced a significant bereavement (McLoughlin, 2012). As the role of the Guidance Counsellor is pivotal in supporting students who have been bereaved, as well as their peers and the rest of the school community, this article provides a review of the salient information that is useful to a Guidance Counsellor in their planning to provide immediate and on-going support.

The article begins with a discussion of the definitional differences between types of bereavement and followed by an overview of the theoretical foundations of bereavement and grief, showing how the topic has altered over time, reflecting societal changes. Subsequently, attention is directed towards a review of research that has explored the nature, incidence, and correlates of bereavement among students.

Critical to the work of the school-based Guidance Counsellor is the policy framework that guides their work. The article overviews policy documentation that is useful in planning for bereavement provision and support services for students. To conclude, attention is directed towards curricula materials, programmes and resources that are available to help Guidance Counsellors in this important work.

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

Action-oriented Hope-centered Career Development

In this webinar Prof. Spencer Niles presents an action oriented model of career development which places hope at the center of the process.  Niles highlights the three theories of career development which underpin this career development model - Snyder’s Hope Theory, Bandura’s Human Agency Theory and Hall’s Protean Career Theory.  The process employed by the action-oriented hope-centered model is discussed (self-reflection, self-clarity, visioning, goal setting and planning, and implementing and adapting) and sample activities are presented which can be employed to support the career development of individuals and groups. 

 

Niles concludes the webinar by presenting a case study and inviting guidance counsellors to consider how they might help Emily progress her career journey. 

 
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Further Recommended Viewing

The Accomplishment Interview by Spencer Niles and Kai Helmichk can be viewed in conjunction with this video. It can be found here.

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. The current 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. 

 

Further recommended reading:

 

Video Role Play: Provision of Feedback on Psychometric Test Results by Declan Fitzgerald may be watched in conjunction with this article.  

It can be found HERE in "Delivering the Guidance Programme" section.


Data protection for the Guidance Counsellor (GDPR) by Hugh Jones should be read in conjunction with this article.  

It can be found HERE in "Policy and Practice Guidelines" section.


A guide for post-primary schools in developing a policy for the use of assessment instruments (including tests and web-based resources) is a resource developed by NCGE.

It can be found HERE  in "Policy and Practice Guidelines" section.

 

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

A guide for post-primary schools in developing a policy for the use of assessment instruments (including tests and web-based resources)

The aim of this guide is to facilitate school management and staff in developing a policy on the use of assessment instruments in schools.  Assessment instruments include achievement/attainment, ability and diagnostic tests.  

This guide sets out areas which should be considered and addressed when assessment instruments are administered to students.  In addition, the appendices contain a number of templates which may be used to support the development of a school policy on the use of assessment instruments.

Further Recommended Reading:

  • Best Practice, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Psychometric Testing for Guidance Counsellors by Declan Fitzgerald and Ciara Farrell should be read in conjunction with this article.  It can be found HERE
  • Video Role Play: Provision of Feedback on Psychometric Test Results by Declan Fitzgerald may be watched in conjunction with this article.  It can be found HERE
  • Data Protection for the Guidance Counsellor (GDPR) by Hugh Jones should be read in conjunction with this article.  It can be found HERE 

 

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

Helping students to concentrate while studying

Concentration, or the ability to focus effectively on the task at hand while ignoring distractions, is vital for success in all areas of life – whether on the sports field or in the classroom. Unfortunately, as focusing techniques are not normally taught in school, many students lack insight into the strengths and limitations of their concentration systems. Against this background, the purpose of the present article is to explore what we know about concentration from recent research on ‘cognitive psychology’ or the scientific study of mental processes such as thinking, paying attention and remembering. In particular, this article will address three main questions. Firstly, what exactly is ‘concentration’? Secondly, how does our concentration system work? Finally, what practical techniques can help students to concentrate more effectively when studying?

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

Ethical Research in Guidance Counselling

The increasing need for evidence-based research to inform career guidance practice is now prevalent in national and international guidance policy discourse. This article discusses the complexities involved in carrying out ethically sound research within the guidance counselling profession in Ireland. Whilst it focuses specifically on research activities within the post-primary sector the fundamental principles apply across all jurisdictions of guidance provision, and will be of value to practitioners involved in various types of empirical and practitioner-based research. The over-riding principle involved is the professional responsibility we have as practitioner-researchers to protect the dignity and wellbeing of our research participants at all times.