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ERIC Number: ED288070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Pages: 7
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Vocational Guidance Provision for Distance Students in Higher Education--Some Findings from an International Survey.
Fage, Judith
In September 1986, a survey was begun to determine the amount and type of provision of vocational guidance in distance adult and higher education outside the United Kingdom. The researcher wrote to 176 institutions provided from the database of the Open University's International Centre for Distance Learning and to 7 African institutions not listed on the database, requesting information and views on any vocational guidance offered to their distance students. One year after the initial letter was sent, 60 responses had been received. The results of the survey showed that there is a wide variation in the provision of vocational guidance from institution to institution. The full range of vocational guidance methods was found across the spectrum. However, the problem remains that workshops tend to be inaccessible to distance students and inadequate for the more heterogeneous needs of adults. Strategies adopted to overcome the barriers of access to career services experienced by distance students included self-directed career planning materials; provision of space and resources for vocational guidance at on-campus residential schools in the distance teaching program; arrangements for distance students to telephone on-campus advisors toll free; advisors based at local centers; and use of present and past students in resource networks. The wide variation in the provision of services seemed to reflect the varying perception of need and the availability of financial resources. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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