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Briefing Note 3

Introduction

Ariadne is a transnational project, supported by funding from the European Commission’s SOCRATES-GRUNDTVIG 1 programme.  It aims to develop a set of guidelines for use by those developing and using web-based guidance tools.  These guidelines will emphasise quality and have a strong ethical component and should be of interest and use to developers, guidance counsellors, researchers in guidance and end users of web-based guidance services.

 

OBJECTIVES

The project has three main objectives:

To clarify and make explicit the assumptions behind the creation of web-based tools for guidance and counselling through highlighting the concepts, methods and theories from counselling and guidance workable in an Internet-based environment. This will be mainly achieved through a set of guidelines for the development of, and use of counselling and guidance on the Internet.
To increase the interest of practitioners and encourage developments in this area. This requires connecting the guidelines to their target group - the guidance professionals - and developing a training model on the use of this kind of tool, and on the use of the guidelines themselves.
To increase awareness about the possibilities and initiatives for development in this sector and to support national and international development in the area. This aim will address the need expressed in key message 5 of the European Commission’s Memorandum on Lifelong Learning (“rethinking guidance and counselling”). This will be achieved by a continuous and sustained dissemination of the project’s progress, results and outcomes.

 

projected results

A set of guidelines for the development of web-based guidance tools, focussing on quality and ethics, but also looking at theoretical models of guidance for web-based tools.
An outline-training model that can be used to introduce the above guidelines to guidance practitioners and developers.
A website for the project where interested parties can access the guidelines and training model.

 

Project Progress          

The project partners have held four project meetings so far.  This briefing has been written following the fourth partnership meeting and is intended to update those interested in the progress of the project so far.

 

External Evaluation

An independent external evaluator, Dr Jenny Bimrose of the University of Warwick Institute of Employment Research, was appointed to the project.  Dr Bimrose has produced an evaluation report on the projects outputs, the Guidelines and training model.  At the fourth meeting the project outputs were reviewed in the light of this report and certain amendments were made to the structure of the guidelines.


Chapter

Target Group

Purpose

Foreword

All users

To introduce the notion of the Critical Consumer and to look at practitioners’ awareness of web technology and pose questions such as “Why should I use web-based tools for guidance?”

Users

End users/practitioners

What to look for in a web-based guidance tool

Delivery

Practitioners

What can be delivered by the web

Design

Practitioners/developers

How to implement a tool

Theory

Practitioners/developers

What principles is your tool based on

Ethics

Practitioners/developers

What “rules” is your tool based on


The guidelines are now in their final proof reading and editing phase.  They will then be printed in Romania and copies will be sent out to each partner country for distribution.  The guidelines will be in A4 format and will contain all 4 language versions.  If you wish to obtain a copy please contact your national Ariadne partner.

 

Training Module

The training model has been tested in the UK on three groups of practitioners.  The model has been adapted in light of the experience with these three groups and in accordance with some comments made by the evaluator.

The training model will be tested in Italy.  The UK partner responsible for the UK training model will liase with the Italian partner in the testing of their version of the training model.

 

Website

The project website is now online at www.ariadneproject.org. Although this is already a substantial resource for practitioners, it will be further extended over the remaining lifetime of the project. 

The website will contain the full guidelines in English, and also downloadable versions (.pdf format) in Italian, Romanian and Swedish.

 

partnership

If you are interested in the project and would like to talk to one of the partners you can find contact details below:

 

In Italy

Centro Risorse Nazionale per l'Orientamento

c/o Divisione Risorse per l'Orientamento e il Lavoro/ASTER

via Morgagni, 4

40122 Bologna

ITALY

Tel:      +39 051 236242

Fax:     +39 051 227803

E-Mail: centrorisorse@mailrol.it

 

Ariadne contact: Cristina Cogoi

 

In Sweden

Vuxenutbildningen i Göteborg / The Adult Education Committee of Göteborg

Box 5412

Skånegatan 20

402 29 Göteborg

Sweden

Tel:      +46 (0) 31-61 39 28

Fax:     +46 (0) 31 61 39 50

E-Mail:

tomas.mjornheden@vux.goteborg.se

 

Ariadne contacts: Tomas Mjörnheden, Ralf Stenered

 

In the UK

Centre for Training in Careers Guidance

School of Psychology

University of East London

Romford Road

LONDON E15 4LZ

Tel:      +44 (0)208 223 4561

E-Mail: M.R.Mulvey@uel.ac.uk

 

Ariadne contact: Dr Rachel Mulvey

 

Careers Europe, the UK National Resource Centre for International Careers

Onward House

Baptist Place

BRADFORD

BD1 2PS

Tel:      +44 (0)1274 829600

Fax:     +44 (0)1274 829610

E-Mail: Mick.Carey@careersb.co.uk

 

Ariadne contact: Mick Carey

 

In Romania

MENTOR - Center for Adult Education

B-dul Iancu de Hunedoara Nr 6 B1 H4 Ap 25 sector 1

72404 Bucharest - ROMANIA

Tel:      +40-21-6504776

Fax:     +40-21-3103206

E-mail: center_mentor_ro@yahoo.com

 

Ariadne contacts: Diana Ghinea, Viorica Pop



Last update:  16:13 18/06 2004

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