ERIC Number: ED404586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Self-Portraits. ERIC Digest.
Redekopp, Dave E.; And Others
Creating Self-Portraits is an individual and/or group career development tool designed to assess without testing. Researchers have found that testing can be counter-productive; once clients were labelled, they frequently stopped self-examination. A tool was needed that would help people understand themselves in a way that would encourage further self-exploration in a detailed and broad manner, and in a way which accommodated change over time. Creating Self-Portraits guides clients in self-examination using four aspects: (1) Meaning (values, beliefs, interests, and barriers to meaning); (2) Outcomes (the components of a dream or future vision); (3) Activities (including preferred, past, and needed); and (4) Tools/techniques (including skills, knowledge, and attitudes). A semi-structured interview format is used to explore each area. Responses are laid out in four columns on a large sheet of paper. Each aspect is carefully analyzed so that items of fundamental importance are uncovered. Rigorous evaluations of Creating Self-Portraits have not yet been completed. However, clients report that they enjoy and feel motivated by the process. The self-portrait is a living document that keeps pace with the client's changing perceptions of self, and, as such, provides a blueprint for career-planning. (RJM)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.; Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation, Ottawa (Ontario).