Ronald G. Sultana

EMCER founding Director, is a Professor of Educational Sociology and Comparative Education at the University of Malta. He has studied education in Malta, the UK and New Zealand, and was Fulbright Fellow at Stanford University (USA).

He is the founding editor of the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, and represents the region on the editorial board of several international journals of education. Professor Sultana is the author or editor of 25 volumes, and has published over 100 articles and chapters in refereed journals and books.

His research has taken him to several countries in the Mediterranean region, Africa and Europe, and he has been involved in a number of research projects with international agencies, including UNESCO, UNICEF, GIZ, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission, the European Training Foundation, and various Ministries of Education.

Much of his work relates to educational innovation and evaluation, and the linkages between education, work, and development.

Training career guidance practitioners: issues, trends and challenges

This presentation will consider some of the main trends in the preparation of career guidance workers in both the education and labour market sectors. It draws on a number of European and international surveys of career guidance carried out by the OECD, the World Bank, and the European Commission, highlighting the profile of career advisers in different settings, and outlining some of the issues and challenges that countries have had to face in order to professionalise their services. Special attention is given to the model of the ‘reflective practitioner’, which has increasingly been adopted in the preparation of career advisers in a range of contexts.