ERIC Number: ED362755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Where Do We Go from Here? Adult Educational Guidance in Scotland.
Lowden, Kevin; Powney, Janet
A three-strand study examined the availability, provision, and effectiveness of educational guidance to adults in Scotland. A literature review, results of a 1988 study, and a commissioned update of that study were used to develop an overview of available educational guidance services. Case studies were conducted of six programs selected as representing a broad range of delivery systems and practices (including regional, employer-based, college, and distance learning guidance services). A user survey was administered to 200 adults identified as having used the case study services. The availability and effectiveness of educational guidance and factors affecting provision of guidance were analyzed. A wide variety of sources of educational guidance were identified, and it was found that users were generally satisfied with the guidance they received. Among the problems identified were the uneven availability of guidance services throughout the country, lack of systematic coordination among providers, and inadequate funding to meet identified guidance needs. (Eleven tables are included. Appended are a list of organizations and agencies contacted and advisory committee members, detailed survey completion data, an outline of activities and principles of quality guidance, a table showing client characteristics identified in the user survey, and a glossary of acronyms. Contains 27 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Counseling, Adult Education, Case Studies, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Techniques, Delivery Systems, Educational Counseling, Foreign Countries, Guidance Programs, User Needs (Information), User Satisfaction (Information)
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh EH8 8JR, Scotland.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.