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ERIC Number: ED536209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 75
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 114
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Scoping Paper--Shaping a Career Development Culture: Quality Standards, Quality Practice, Quality Outcomes
McMahon, Mary
Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training
This project on national standards and accreditation of career practitioners is set against a background of unprecedented interest by governments nationally and internationally in the provision of career guidance services. Currently more is known about the policy and delivery of career guidance than at any other time in history. There is growing interest in the relationship between career guidance and public policy because the benefits of career guidance to individuals, society and the economy have been recognised. In this regard, strategic alliances are being formed between career guidance practitioners and policy makers in order that policy commitments relating to the provision of quality career services are enhanced. Such an alliance is evidenced in the collaboration between the Department of Education, Science and Training and the Career Industry Council of Australia on this project. This project constitutes a very necessary step in a move towards a quality industry. The purpose of this scoping paper is to: (1) identify current standards guiding career practitioners in Australia; (2) review international work on standards including examples of best practice and advise on how this work might be relevant to the development of national standards and accreditation in the Australian context; (3) be informed by outcomes of national workshops, forums, and conferences 2000-2004; (4) identify the current membership requirements of professional career associations and bodies both nationally and internationally; (5) assess how prior learning or qualifications might be recognised and developed to fit within and meet the requirements of the quality standards; and (6) identify the issues that need to be addressed in the development of national standards. To achieve this purpose, this paper is structured around four main sections--international quality standards, national quality standards, standards guiding Australian professions, and the Australian career industry. Following this a number of themes related to the development and implementation of quality standards will be elaborated. A number of issues relating to the development and implementation of quality standards and accreditation in the Australian career industry will then be raised. Appended are: (1) Glossary of terms; (2) Table of Comparative Competencies; (3) Entry-level Qualifications of Australian Career Practitioner Associations; (4) Standards of Australian Career Practitioner Associations; and (5) Comparison of Quality Standards Across Career Case Studies.
Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training. Copyright Commonwealth of Australia reproduced by permission, Available from: Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, GPO Box 9880, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia. Tel: +61-2-0036-3079; e-mail: feedback@deewr.gov.au; Web site: http://www.deewr.gov.au
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Department of Education, Science and Training
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; Ireland; New Zealand; United Kingdom; United States