ERIC Number: ED180132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Analysis of CHOICES and S.G.I.S.: Selected Aspects of On-Line and Batch Delivery Systems for Computer-Assisted Guidance Services.
Cassie, J. R. Bruce; And Others
This study evaluated the effectiveness of two Canadian computer-assisted career guidance services: the Computerized Heuristic Occupational and Career Exploration System (CHOICES) and the Student Guidance Information Service (S.G.I.S.). For three months, students were given access to both CHOICES and S.G.I.S. Students completed a questionnaire and a sample was also observed using both systems. The study reached 10 major conclusions: (1) Both systems contribute to student career maturity. (2) Neither system has a sound strategy for effective student use. (3) Many students require counselor assistance when using CHOICES. (4) There are important sex and grade differences in the use of both systems. (5) The introduction of computer-assisted guidance services demands a reappraisal of counselor roles. (6) The difference in cost between a batch and an on-line system cannot be analyzed without consideration of additional variables, including existing computer systems. (7) The use of both systems can require high levels of reading skill. (8) A prerequisite for effective use of both systems is student skill in decision-making. (9) Most students would prefer to have access to both systems rather than choose between them. (10) Career guidance specialists prefer the descriptions of careers available from S.G.I.S. but note a wide range of errors, omissions, and irrelevancies in both systems' printouts. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Career Guidance, Comparative Analysis, Computer Oriented Programs, Counselor Role, Counselors, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes
Ontario Government Bookstore, 880 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 1L2 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Identifiers: Canada; Computerized Heuristic Occupational Information; Student Guidance Information Service