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    ICT: Collaboration, innovation and integration - an action research study of the development of a new ICT career learning tool.

    Walsh, Bernadette (2016) ICT: Collaboration, innovation and integration - an action research study of the development of a new ICT career learning tool. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    The internet provides a significant platform from which people can explore and develop their career thinking, learning and development. This thesis is an action research study of collaboratively developing an innovative ICT career learning tool to support adults with their career planning. This study is based on my real-world practice and is action research in action. Central is the importance of the adult guidance relationship in supporting individuals with their career decisions, and how ICT career tools can inform a collaborative meaning-making process. This blended approach within adult guidance offers client’s more opportunities to become proactive and empowered. Career learning is not the sole responsibility or unique to the guidance relationship. The role of adult education in providing ICT career exploration opportunities within group learning is discussed. Aware that not all adults are in a position or wish to access ICT career tools, this research recognises the barriers and limitations that exist. Nonetheless, it considers the potential of ICT in the context of supporting lifelong guidance and career management skills. My reflexive learning on the research journey provides some insights for consideration in improving the integration of ICT within holistic adult guidance practice. This includes a need for further research into what the integration of ICT within adult guidance actually comprises. There is synergy in adult guidance counsellors working more closely with adult educators to increase client opportunities for upskilling, career learning and development. With the rapid growth in technologies, the provision of continuous professional development in ICT for guidance counsellors to improve their competency, knowledge and confidence levels is essential. Engagement with ICT blended with face-to-face adult guidance counselling practice is highly beneficial.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Keywords: M.Ed. in Adult and Community Education; M.Ed.; ICT; career learning;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 9661
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2018 12:10
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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