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TABLe 7.5 to what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements about the guidance counsellor that worked with you?

TABLe 7.6 to what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements about your participation in the guidance?

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Those who were guided by a educational and vocational counsellor in some way were asked to rate the counsellor according to different statements. As table 7.5 shows most of the respondents rated their counsellor positively. Between 56%63% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that their counsellor had stressed their active involvement and participation in the guidance and information gathering process, an helped them to set goals and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. An even higher proportion, or 76% and 77%, felt that the counsellor had been encouraging, supportive and understanding. Only 6-9% of respondents disagreed with these statements. The propor-

tion who agreed that the counsellor had helped work on enhancing their self-confidence was considerable lower than for the other statements, where only 44% agreed or strongly agreed. If looking at the numbers in table 7.4 and 7.5 in comparison, one might ask if the counsellor focuses more on being a good listener and information provider on educational matters, than on the personal and vocational matters. If we look back at the focus group interviews, especially the practitioners, stressed the importance of “not being a therapist�, and this might be a part of the explanation for the lower experienced focus on personal matters among users. However, this does not explain the lower mean score on the

scale of vocational outcomes. Respondents were asked to rate their satisfaction with the guidance on a seven point scale where 1 meant very dissatisfied and 7 very satisfied. The value 4 indicates a neutral opinion, neither being particularly satisfied nor dissatisfied. Figure 7.1 shows the mean rating of respondents in relations to their demographics. As the figure shows, the users were rather satisfied with their guidance experience and rated their satisfaction on average as 5.4 out of 7. There were no statistically significant differences in the average ratings with respect to gender, age, residence nor educational level.

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Voice of users  

This present evaluative research, titled Voice of users – promoting quality of guidance for adults in the Nordic countries, examines both th...

Voice of users  

This present evaluative research, titled Voice of users – promoting quality of guidance for adults in the Nordic countries, examines both th...

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