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7.2. outcomes of guidance and perceived role of counsellor the factor analysis this indicates that users of guidance within the lifelong learning and guidance centres in Norway feel that the outcome of guidance is particularly of an educational nature, but to a lesser extent focused directly on vocational and personal matters.

Respondents were presented with 14 different statements about possible outcome of educational and vocational guidance. On the basis of a factor analysis procedure, three factors were constructed from these 14 statements, one measuring educational outcome, another vocational outcome and the third personal outcome (see table 7.4). The mean rating of respondents towards the educational outcome of their guidance was the most positive of the three factors. On a scale of 1-5 where 1 indicates less educational outcome and 5 more educational outcome, the average rating was 3.63, whereas it was considerably lower on the factor measuring vocational outcome (2.99) and somewhat lower on the factor measuring personal outcome (3.38). The proportion of respondents who agreed with the statement I learned new ways of learning as a result of guidance was somewhat lower than for the other statements measuring personal outcome. As a preliminary conclusion of

The results in table 7.4 show that responses towards different statements vary. About 65% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that guidance had encouraged them to continue their studies. Also, 58% said that the guidance had helped them enhance their self-confidence. One half (49%) agreed that the guidance had helped them make choices concerning jobs. Only 21% agree or strongly agree that the guidance resulted in new educational or job contacts. As a preliminary interpretation of this, one might say that the centres in Norway have some potential in helping people learn how to get work and educational related contacts.

TABLe 7.4

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Mean ratings on scales of educational-, vocational- and personal outcomes and responses to their respective statements

Disagree

Neither agree nor disagree

Agree

Strongly agree

Number

4%

3%

28 %

40 %

25 %

189

8%

11 %

30 %

30 %

21 %

184

Guidance helped me make other life choices

13 %

15 %

36 %

28 %

9%

185

Guidance resulted in new educational or job contacts

26 %

22 %

32 %

16 %

5%

180

Guidance helped me with my job search

18 %

17 %

33 %

19 %

13 %

187

Guidance helped me make choices concerning jobs

11 %

11 %

29 %

33 %

16 %

189

Guidance enhanced my self-confidence

7%

9%

27 %

38 %

20 %

189

i learned new ways of learning as a result of guidance

14 %

15 %

35 %

30 %

6%

180

i learned to make career plans as a result of guidance

8%

9%

25 %

47 %

11 %

182

i learned something about my abilities as a result of guidance

8%

9%

28 %

38 %

17 %

181

i learned something about my interests as a result of guidance

9%

10 %

29 %

37 %

16 %

179

i acquired skills in searching for job or educational opportunities as a result of guidance

11 %

13 %

27 %

34 %

16 %

181

i acquired skills to further develop my career

9%

8%

29 %

39 %

14 %

181

i acquired decision making skills as a result of guidance

9%

10 %

31 %

36 %

14 %

180

Strongly disagree

Guidance encouraged me to continue my studies Guidance helped me make choices concerning my education

Agree or strongly agree

educationaL outocoMe - Mean = 3.63 (+/-0.14)

51 51

VocationaL outocoMe - Mean = 2.99 (+/-0.14)

21 21

36 36 32 32

PersonaL outocoMe - Mean = 3.38 (+/-0.13)

36 36

0% 0%

65 65

49 49 58 58

58 58 55 55 53 53 50 50 53 53 51 51 50% 50%

100% 100%

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