ERIC Number: ED381699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
A Framework for Quality Control, Accountability, and Evaluation: Being Clear about the Legitimate Outcomes of Career Counseling.
This paper takes the position that shrinking resources and increasing accountability have forced counselors to reassess the role of evaluation. This new role should afford evaluation a higher priority so that it becomes as much a part of counseling as the interpersonal skills that currently form the bulk of counselor training programs. Some researchers suggest that an "evaluation culture" be adopted, in which demonstrated effectiveness, rather than counting input, becomes the central focus. Likewise, counselors' emphasis on systems approaches will require that the outcomes of counseling be viewed in terms of "system management" rather than as "transition from" the system. As more counselors adopt a systems perspective, the less realistic it becomes to evaluate counseling using the "post-transitional" measures which currently predominate. This will necessitate placing more emphasis on assessing the learning outcomes that lead to successful navigation through the system and then linking those learning outcomes to post-transition measures. These learning outcomes can be assessed locally and can also be tapped in ways that are technically simple and cost effective. This would allow for routine and unobtrusive assessments. Other valuative components, such as economic outcomes, provide a greater challenge since they are more difficult to judge from both a technical and a cost perspective. Contains nine references and three figures. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Symposium on Issues and Solutions for Evaluating Career Development (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, March 3-5, 1994).