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Frübing, Developing Quality of Career Guidance Services: The german approach of open coordination and its international context

Frübing, Judith (2013). Developing Quality of Career Guidance Services: The german approach of open coordination and its international context. In: Career Designing - Research and Counselling. 2013,2.76-99.

ISSN: 2335-2191

e-ISSN: 2335-2205

Abstract:

To meet the challenges of our changing societies and economies, quality and professionalism in career guidance and in the development of services are increasingly important. Diferent countries have taken action to develop and introduce quality standards and professional competence frameworks for guidance practitioners. While some countries introduced quality standards top-down by government bodies, others preferred to set up a bottom-up process with many stakeholders. In Germany, where political leadership in the area of education, career and employment is complex and split over several government departments on federal, regional and local level, a bottom-up process seemed to be appropriate. Hence, a comprehensive set of quality criteria, a competence proile for guidance practitioners and a Quality Development Framework have been developed through the “Open Process of Coordination for Quality Development” by the German National Guidance Forum (nfb) and a research group at the University of Heidelberg. he project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). his bottom-up method involved many actors and stakeholders from the career guidance community like practitioners, providers, policy makers, researchers, social partners and professional associations. Their participation in the development assured that the results gained a high level of awareness, acceptance and feasibility in the professional community. he article describes the process, the theoretical model and the results of the German quality development project and refers to the international context and inluences from other countries.