ERIC Number: ED363826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-22
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of the Localization Feature of Two Computer-Assisted Career Guidance Systems - DISCOVER and SIGI PLUS: Technical Report No. 14.
Lenz, Janet G.; And Others
Efforts were made by the Career Center at Florida State University to implement the localization options in the DISCOVER and System of Interactive Guidance and Information (SIGI) PLUS computer-assisted career guidance (CACG) systems in 1991-1992. A review of the literature and current use of localization suggested that localization was a complex, underutilized extension of CACG software. Use of the localization feature raised issues about the nature of the desired client outcomes, the type of information to be included, the processes and costs for installing and using the feature, and who in the organization should be responsible. To determine what types of information to include in localization, career advising staff were surveyed, two staff meetings were held, and user feedback on the two CACG systems was examined. It was decided to emphasize local information that would accomplish the goals of providing instructions to improve client interactions with the CACGs and reduce client confusion, and of linking clients with other Career Center resources and activities. Primary localization efforts were directed toward DISCOVER because the software design was more compatible with the two program goals. This report includes a discussion of project findings in relation to localization issues, i.e., clarifying the purposes of localization, the influence of system design on localization functioning, the impact of localization on CACG system effects, and the impact of localization on staffing and training. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Prudential Foundation, Newark, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development.