Educational Information Shertzer and Stone (1980) define educational information as valid and usable data about all typesof present and probable future educational or training opportunities and requirements, including curricular and co-curricular offerings, requirements for entrance and conditions and problems of students life. This implies that data collected by the guidance personnel would be used by students to learn more about educational programmes and other opportunities. The following are some of the specific data dealing with educational information. Institutions and their programmes and method of admission into these institutions. oa 74 243
Entry requirements School rules and regulations Clubs and social activities available in school. Accreditation of various educational programmes by the appropriate accreditation agencies and professional associations. Training programmes and opportunities which students have access to and characteristics of educational institutions which students are considering to select. )urces of educational information Brochures of universities Internet Radio and television Educational broadcast and lectures Magazines and journals Handout on academic materials )ccupational Information formation is a key factor in occupational - planning. This is because withoutinformation about jobs and their requirements, prospective vorkers may not know which jobs exist and what ialifications these jobs require. Occupational ca 75 E4-3
GUTDANCE & COUNSELLING IN EDUCATION information assists students to gain fail knowledge about the world of work. Occupational information may include positions jobs available duties requirements for employment conditions of work salaries or remuneration typical places of employment methods of advancement Sources of occupational information Trips and excursions Career conferences Employers Persons engaged in the occupations Billboards Bulletins Radio Television Newspapers Group guidance sessions Occupational guides c a 76 E 0
Personal/Social information Personal and social information deal with selfunderstanding and the understanding of others. It isthat information about human beings which help a student to understand himself better and to improve his relations with others. This may include manners and etiquette, leisure-time activities,personal appearance, social skills, home and family relationship, healthful living and areas as boy-girl relations. Others are development of healthful living, comprehension of masculine and feminine roles, understanding of how individuals differ from one another and ways in which a person resembles others. Sources of Social/Personal Information Books Newspapers Magazines and journals Drama, debates, organized talks on health symposium Group counselling session Using information with students The acquisition of informational materials is only one aspect of the information service. The major ca 77 5-3
GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING IN EDUCATION responsibility of teachers and counsellors is that of encouraging students to use such materials.