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Computer-Assisted Career Guidance and the Adult Learner - Two Case Studies

Title: Computer-Assisted Career Guidance and the Adult Learner - Two Case Studies: Technical Report No. 8.
Name(s): Metzger, Elaine I, author
Sampson, Jame P, author
Reardon, Robert C, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Technical Report
Date Issued: 1988-03-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The decision to seek career counseling services as an adult arises from a complex interaction of past experiences, current career development, and expectations for assistance. This study explored how these multiple motivations impact the service delivery of computer-assisted career guidance systems. The subjects were selected from adults who had sought services from a university-based career center and who were voluntarily participating in a research project designed to collect data on this population. The subjects selected for this qualitative component of the study were chosen on the basis of the following factors: sex, age, head-of-household, anticipation of career change, interest in exploring career options, willingness to use a computer-assisted career counselor, and willingness to complete a contract for service provision. The study was intended as a process of exploration and discovery. As such, open-ended interviews were conducted prior to, during, and after each subject's computer experience. It was found that the adult subjects participating in this qualitative study differed in terms of the complexity and time frame for their career decision making in comparison to "typical" adolescents and young adults who receive services from university-based career centers. The subjects had expectations that they receive professional assistance that would help in: 1) structuring the career decision making process; 2) clarifying self-knowledge; and 3) gaining access to career information resources. The extent to which this expectation was met varied with each subject. Implications for the practice and for future research have been presented to stimulate further exploration in this area of career guidance for adults.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1525885695_1b4318ba (IID), 10.17125/fsu.1525885695 (DOI)
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Metzger, E. I., Sampson, J. P., & Reardon, R. C. (1988). Computer-Assisted Career Guidance and the Adult Learner - Two Case Studies: Technical Report No. 8. Retrieved from