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Social architects: The future role of guidance practitioners in educational systems

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In the Öresund region every fifth young person does not complete upper secondary in spite of a massive focus on guidance of and support to young people in education. This paper presents findings from a Nordic project: “The future of career guidance and educational counseling” in which researchers and guidance practitioners from upper secondary and youth guidance centers worked together in a research circle. A research circle is a method which takes point of departure in social learning theories for developing practice. Inspired by the action research tradition it focuses on the interconnectedness between research-based knowledge and experienced-based knowledge and on building knowledge on equal terms. The 16 participants in the circle made interviews and experimented with group guidance over a period of 18 months. Together with the two researchers they looked for explanations for the drop-out rates in the analyses of the emperical material and formulated possible suggestions to the way in which the role of guidance practitioners can be envisioned in the future. We present our findings in an animated video and they suggest two major foci of change in future guidance practices. Firstly, future guidance practitioners should be seen more like social architects who are capable of instigating social practices in which young people can exchange their experiences, get proper and relevant advice rather than being looked at as expert professionals who provide information in 1-to-1 relationships with young people. Secondly, guidance practitioners should be recognized more as organizational catalysts due to their inside knowledge of how transitions in the educational system work from the young peoples’ perspective. This implies that guidance practitioners get a mandate and also competences to instigate activities which stimulate organizational coherence for the young people.
Udgivelsesår4 mar. 2013
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 4 mar. 2013
BegivenhedNERA, Lillehammer 2014 - , Norge
Varighed: 6 mar. 2014 → …


KonferenceNERA, Lillehammer 2014
Periode06/03/2014 → …


  • Social architect, guidance, counseling, drop out, research circle

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