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The 'coverage-processes-influences' (CPI) model

CPI assembles contemporary research into a coherent model. It signposts key factors in career development and the relationships between them. It can, therefore, describe what is going on in contemporary career, and suggest what more can be done to help. Examine the CPI materials by clicking on 'go' on the right. Earlier thinking, on which CPI is based, is set out and referenced in the memory section - in New Thinking for Careers Work and Connexions.

Mentoring -
an unfulfilled promise

Frans Meijers carefully pulls together the findings from evaluations of mentoring in Dutch technical schools.  His findings are based on what students, teachers, mentors, and programme managers say.  Frans finds a lack of coherent thinking on the purposes and possibilities for this work.  He also finds a lack of any attempt on the part of management to engage with on-the-ground people concerning the issues it raises.  There is no reason to suppose that is a Dutch, and not also a British, problem.  But Frans knows how to learn from bad news, and his report sets out the terms on which a useful planning programme can be set up - posing six well-aimed questions.

Learning from experience Examines the way in which expert help is interleaved with what learners get from direct-and-personal experience. Develops the implications by contrasting labour-market information with labour-market experience. Tracks the implications for practice by looking again at programme development – especially mentoring and experience-of-work programmes. Leads to a call for local network management in careers work. Important the well-being curriculum and the implementation of Youth Matters.

Fewer lists
more stories

An update of an earlier Café piece, Too Many Lists and Not Enough Stories, on the uses of narrative in careers work. This version includes more quotations from useful published biography. Argues that we need the same kind of thoroughness in narrative thinking that we once devoted to the DOTS analysis. It is a companion pdf to Learning from Experience because experience can only be set out in story form.

Careers education and guidance -
out of the box

Explains why careers work gets less policy and media attention than it deserves. Suggests that we need now to ‘look wider’, ‘think again’, ‘earn credibility’, ‘push boundaries’ and ‘keep-up’. The monograph examines untapped thinking about how people learn. It uses the analysis to point to today's influences on the lives of our students and clients. And it develops ideas about for we now need to do to help them.  

What LiRRiC means
for careers work

Based on Bill’s thinking for the QCA in the run-up to the current curriculum reform.  This shorter version looks at the implications for careers education and guidance.  The core proposal is for ‘LiRRiC’ – life-role relevance in curriculum. Shows how careers education and guidance can be taken off the edge of timetable, integrated with the whole curriculum without losing its distinctiveness, and become a key player in on-going curriculum reform. Click 'go' on the right to get this version. The full report LiRRiC: Life-role relevance in curriculum is in the moving-on section.

The National Guidance Research Forum - and the future of research The NGRF website is where we can make a start on the overdue task of linking practitioner knowledge to systematic research. This Café article outlines the main features of the site. It also addresses issues raised for the relationship between research and practice.
Career policy for the contemporary world - dictat or stimulant?
Frans Meijers
The Netherlands
About the relationship between policy and profession. Frans confronts the issue head on - posing the question ‘where is the innovative edge?’. He looks beyond the ‘strong-leader’ model of government involvement, towards a more cooperative concept. Frans is one of the few commentators in this field who can combine an appreciation of change in contemporary working life with a deep understanding of professional and policy processes.

New start for Connexions - in 'Youth Matters'

A fully-referenced examination of the extended partnerships for careers work now on offer. It examines both curriculum and community-wide aspects of the proposals. It highlights the opportunities to develop a credible, accessible and relevant service - with life-long potential. And it points to the challenge of all this to careers-work creativity.
Integrated information advice and guidance - 14-19 and beyond An account of an important National Youth Agency conference. It addresses critical issues raised by current debates around curriculum and by Youth Matters. It sets out the case for integration, and the opposing case for established partnerships. Youth Matters stands or falls on the validity of these arguments. Read direct quotes of what is said on all sides of the issues.
Youth in the Community Another directly-reported account, this time on youth work, children’s trusts, extended schools, volunteering and active citizenship. It examines the future of these services and the methods and benefits of consulting young people on their delivery. This account covers the policy context, the learning needs addressed, the impact of provider attitudes and the importance of local organisation.
Youth Matters - the future of IAG services for young people Another conference report helping you work on your implementation of current initiatives. With well-informed accounts of children’s trusts, strategic partnerships. devolved commissioning, quality standards, involvement by parents and young people, and the learning needs of all young people.