IGUANA 10.2004-09.2006





Interactive GUiding - A New Approach
Agreement No. 2004 - DK/04/B/F/PP-145.420
01.10.2004 - 30.09.2006


The project responds to a recognized, increasing and complex need for guiding, shared by all European countries, including the new and future members of the EU.
The purpose of the project is to develop, test and implement an internet based, dynamic model for guiding for adults with special needs for knowledge and clarification before, during and after the choice of education within the social- and health care sector.

Target groups
The primary target group of the project is low educated people with little or no experience from the job market, e.g. refugees/immigrants or weak readers/writers.
The secondary target group is the professional guiders/counsellors working within the traditional systems of guiding, public and private.

The project aims at developing a website based on the use of an interactive, dialogue based visualisation of the social- and health care field in terms of education and job. With this site the guidance seekers will have the possibility to qualify their reflections working with interactive multimedia scenarios.
An important part will be to develop an active dialogue forum with the possibility to address different role models, e.g. students from the social- and health care educations or educated in jobs.

The idea of an individualised and visualised guiding is closely related to how the target group acts in the modern knowledge society. The amount of information is often both enormous, overwhelming and based on traditional abstract written language. In the target group there will be an overrepresentation of people whose primary sources of information about the society is based on different visual, low text media.
Thus the site will hold possibilities to:
1. Set up and test different scenarios based on individual qualifications and background before, during and after the choice of education and occupation. These scenarios will be visualized fields of problems, e.g. concerning economic consequences of the choices, physical demands, practical parts of the education, how to cooperate with colleagues, attitudes in caring etc.
2. Seek facts about relevant educational and job relations, links etc.
3. Be a part of active dialogue with guiders/counsellors and guidance seekers through an interactive multimedia.

The approach to the material is AI (Appreciative Inquiry), which is based on a positive validation of possibilities and potentials, thus strengthening the focus of the guidance seeker on competencies rather than deficiencies.

The national partners are public organisations working within the field of education and guidance/counselling:

Social and Health Care School in Aarhus
AGRO Consultancy
Johannes Seniorendienste
Tallinn Health College (Tallinn Medical School) 
University of Wales
University of Patras
Hellenic Regional Development Centre
Cirius, Copenhagen

Project team in Tallinn Medical School:
Tiina Juhansoo
Anne Ehasalu
Merike Kravets 
Tõnu Kauba 
Eve Kartau