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Worrying times: an investigation into the ramifications of the removal of the ex-quota allocation for guidance counselling in seven post-primary schools in the east of Ireland

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dc.contributor.advisor Hearne, Lucy
dc.contributor.author Connor, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-19T16:12:07Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-19T16:12:07Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4375
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The overarching aim of this research was to examine guidance counsellors’ experiences of the removal of the ex-quota allocation for guidance counselling in the Irish post-primary sector post Budget 2012. As the researcher’s original study (Connor, 2013) examined the same topic, this follow-on investigation specifically focussed on the two areas of professionalism and the role of guidance counsellors and the wellbeing of practitioners in current practice. Similar to Connor (2013) an interpretivist paradigm underpins the current study. Semi-structured interviews were held with seven qualified practitioners in the East of Ireland to examine their perceptions and experiences of the allocation removal on their professional role, the services they provide to students, and the overall guidance profession. The findings indicate that some confusion still exists within the Irish post-primary sector about the meaning of ‘appropriate’ guidance as articulated in the Education Act, 1998. In addition, there appears to be a significant gap between policies from the Department of Education and Skills (DES) relating to a Whole-School Approach (WSA) to guidance and current practice in post-primary schools. The findings also identify some uncertainty about the service provided by guidance counsellors in the school system. Finally, a lack of a coordinated response from the DES and Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) to help practitioners deal with the increased workload and pressures resulting from the Budget 2012 allocation removal is highlighted. This research study can contribute to policy and practice within post-primary guidance counselling as it provides insights into the ramifications of the Budget 2012 allocation removal on the profession of guidance counselling, individual practitioners and services to pupils. The investigation concludes with a series of recommendations relating to the role of guidance counsellors in the post-primary sector since Budget 2012, stakeholder’s attitudes towards post-primary guidance counselling and professional wellbeing amongst guidance counsellors in 2014. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick
dc.rights © The Author
dc.subject education en_US
dc.subject guidance counselling en_US
dc.subject post-primary school en_US
dc.subject Department of Education en_US
dc.subject Institute of Guidance Counsellors en_US
dc.subject National Centre for Guidance in Education en_US
dc.title Worrying times: an investigation into the ramifications of the removal of the ex-quota allocation for guidance counselling in seven post-primary schools in the east of Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis (Taught) en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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