'Opening a Door', Evaluating the Benefits of Guidance for the Adult Client: A Report.

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    In March 2005 a study was completed for the Regional Educational Guidance Service for Adults in Waterford Institute of Technology. The purpose of the research has been to evaluate the benefits of guidance for the adult clients accessing the guidance service. In the context of guidance provision, the focus of the research has been on the clients’ direct experiences of receiving information, advice and guidance, and the tracking of his/her progression to determine outcomes. REGSA is the longest established adult guidance service operating within the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative and the only one located in an Institute of Technology. By 2004, the need to implement a quality tracking system for assessing client progression and informing best practice had been recognized by the service. Findings from the research show that clients have benefited enormously from guidance, not only in terms of education and training experiences, but also career progression and personal fulfillment. The research has also highlighted the importance of lifelong learning for adults and the barriers they face in accessing education and training opportunities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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