This project aims to investigate the effectiveness for guidance counsellors of the in-session use of an aggregate application, Aptdinav, which will be designed to provide easier access to higher education course information through a simplified breakdown of courses available in Ireland. Aptdinav will present results to guidance counsellors filtered by student intelligence types, based on Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Aptdinav aims to be an effective IT solution to maximise information retrieval in guidance counselling sessions.
Aptdinav is an IT solution for second level guidance counsellors. It is designed for use on iPad and presents an aggregate collation of third level courses available in Ireland, filtered based on intelligence type results that would typically be obtained in Transition Year, when students undertake aptitude tests to assist in making career choices. Aptdinav then filters course type by region, so guidance counsellors can display the wide variety of course options to students and include course access feasibility in these discussions. Aptdinav is a solution designed to combat the issue recently presented in a Department of Education report that showed students are dropping out of third-level colleges due to lack of in-depth knowledge about the course by providing a clear layout for guidance counsellors to assist in communicating course information. As part of the Education Act, 1998, post-primary students are universally entitled to guidance in schools, as outlined in the 2012 revised National Centre for Guidance in Education guidelines. The HEA study on progression of students from second level to higher level education has indicated that the rate of students dropping out of college due to dissatisfaction with the course has reached 70% in some cases, with lack of course information cited as one of the leading causes. Aptdinav aims to assist guidance counsellors in maximising results within students’ allocated entitlement to school guidance. Students who are, for example, artistically intelligent can see a wide range of courses that may be a suitable match to both their abilities and interests that are not solely limited to conventional artistic mediums such as craft or music. In this way, Aptdinav assists guidance counsellors in enriching one-to-one guidance sessions using technology that is fast becoming a major component of the educational system.
Through talking to career guidance counsellors, user testing on a variety of individuals and implementing necessary changes, Aptdinav appears to be a viable IT solution for guidance counsellors to use with students.