1 Department of Education - Curriculum Research, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University2 Danish School of Education - Uddannelsesvidenskab, Emdrup, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University3 unknown4 Preventing Dropout5 Høje-Taastrup Gymnasium6 Danish School of Education - Uddannelsesvidenskab, Emdrup, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University
a method for developing guidance practices
It is key challenge to continuously develop guidance practices to meet participants´ needs and demands from policy makers. The European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) states that the guidance practitioner and citizens/users should be the focus of development of international and national lifelong guidance policies. This paper presents `research circles´ as a way to develop guidance practices through long-term research relationships between practice and research. Research circles support a bottom up approach to policy development just like ELGPN considers to be necessary and required in career guidance development. In the paper we draw on the preliminary findings from an ongoing Nordic project: “The future of career guidance and educational counselling”. Specifically, we explore the career guidance practitioners´ response to research circles as means to professional development. We argue that this practicebased way of organizing research facilitates learning, and potentially, qualifies practice. The collaboration between researchers and practitioners in the research circle fosters a joint venture and an academic perspective on practice, which stimulates practitioners to step out of their habitual pedagogical role and enables them to observe and analyze their own practice. In conclusion, this methodological approach to the development of guidance practices introduces a combination between theory and practice that meets current needs of practice, policy and research.
Research circle; collaboration; practicebased research and development; Forskningsmetode; Facilitering af videnprocesser
Main Research Area:
Career Guidance for Social Justice, Prosperity and Sustainable Employment -, 2012