ERIC Number: ED348610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Computer-Assisted Career Counseling: Inherent Contradictions, Problems, and Prospects.
Computer-assisted career guidance systems (CACGS) are one of the tools used by career counselors to facilitate the career decision making process of deliberating counselees. These systems are characterized by some inherent contradictions and face problems which must be solved or circumvented in order to increase their usefulness. Considering the apparent advantages CACGs one may ask why they are not used even more widely. A possible answer to this question is that many systems face difficulties which may impair their potential benefits. These difficulties can be attributed to some inherent contradictions which characterize CACGs. Relevant issues include problems concerning the occupational database; the complexity of the career decision making process; the effectiveness of the dialogue; and the context in which the CACGs is embedded. Acknowledging the existence of these contradictions and understanding the inherent problems in them is a necessary step in overcoming, circumventing, or at least minimizing them. In fact, many of the problems characterizing CACGs are also inherent in traditional face-to-face career counseling. Career counselors, as well as future practitioners who are presently students, must become aware of these problems in order to better utilize the potential of CACGs. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Assisted Career Guidance; Israel
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).