ERIC Number: ED469701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
OECD Review of Career Guidance Policies. Norway: Country Note.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Norway's career guidance system and policies were evaluated. The review team met with policymakers and guidance practitioners in the public and private sectors, analyzed data from a national questionnaire, and reviewed pertinent documentation. The evaluation focused on the following areas: splitting educational/vocational guidance from personal counseling; a pupil entitlement; the role of the Aetat (Norway's public employment service); developing guidance services for adults; professional development; and strategic coordination. Key strengths of Norway's career guidance system were as follows: well-established guidance and information systems within the school system and with strong local ownership; flexible but coherent pathways following the end of lower secondary education, including a well-structured follow-up service to support individuals who slip off pathways; some promising new services in higher education and private sectors; and an emerging tradition of innovation through systematic trial and evaluation. The system's identified potential weaknesses were as follows: its fragmented nature, lack of adequate links with the labor market, and lack of coherent focus for strategic planning; significant gaps in provision, especially for adults; weak professionalization; and its tendency to focus on information rather than on guidance. The following items are appended: a list of review team members; the review visit schedule; and a summary of suggestions and recommendations. (Contains 42 footnotes.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Programs, Agency Role, Career Education, Career Guidance, Change Strategies, Coordination, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Services, Counseling Techniques, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Policy, Employment Services, Foreign Countries, Integrated Services, Interviews, Postsecondary Education, Private Sector, Professional Development, Program Development, Program Improvement, Public Agencies, Public Policy, Public Sector, Secondary Education, Strategic Planning, Systems Approach, Universities, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
For full text: http://www.oecd.org/pdf/M00031000/M00031827.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: Norway