“Science of the singular”: an explanatory single case study of whole school guidance counselling in Ireland

  • Lucy Hearne
  • Paul King
  • Tom Geary
  • Neil Kenny


This article will discuss the findings of a single explanatory case study on the model of whole school guidance counselling in the Irish secondary school system, which was carried out during a turbulent period of policy and practice changes in the delivery of guidance counselling services to students from 2012 onwards. Although the case study is positioned within a single voluntary school, the findings may be typical of similar secondary schools settings in Ireland and abroad. Particular focus is given to explicating the key findings of the case study through the specific themes of: concepts of whole school guidance counselling, the Irish integrated model of guidance counselling, stakeholder roles and responsibilities, and the effect of resource re-allocations by policy makers funding guidance school services.


Case study Guidance counselling Whole school guidance 


“Science du singulier”: Une étude de cas expliquant globalement l’orientation scolaire en Irlande Cet article examinera les résultats de l’étude d’un cas singulier rendant compte du modèle d’orientation dans le système scolaire irlandais, menée au cours d’une période mouvementée de changements de politiques et de pratiques dans les prestations de conseil en orientation dont bénéficient les élèves à partir de 2012. Une attention particulière est accordée à l’explication des principaux résultats de l’étude de cas à travers les thèmes suivants: les conceptions de l’orientation scolaire dans son ensemble, le modèle irlandais intégré de conseil en orientation, les rôles et responsabilités des parties prenantes et l’effet de la réaffectation des ressources par les décideurs qui financent les services d’orientation scolaire.


“Wissenschaft des Einzelfalls”: Eine Einzelfallstudie über die gesamte Berufsberatung in der Schule in Irland In diesem Artikel werden die Ergebnisse einer Fallstudie zum Modell der Berufsberatung in der Schule im irischen Sekundarschulsystem diskutiert, die in einer turbulenten Phase politischer und praktischer Änderungen bei der Bereitstellung der Berufsberatung für Studierende ab 2012 durchgeführt wurde. Ein besonderer Fokus liegt auf der Erläuterung der wichtigsten Ergebnisse der Fallstudie zu den Themen: Vorstellungen über die gesamte Berufsberatung, das integrierte irische Modell der Berufsberatung, die Rollen und Verantwortlichkeiten der Interessengruppen und die Auswirkungen der Umverteilung der Mittel durch die politischen Entscheidungsträger, die die Berufsberatung finanzieren.


‘Ciencia de lo singular’: Un caso de estudio único explicativo de orientación escolar integrada en Irlanda Este artículo discute los hallazgos de un único caso de estudio explicativo sobre el modelo de orientación escolar integral en el sistema escolar irlandés de secundaria, que se llevó a cabo durante un período turbulento de cambios en las políticas y prácticas relacionadas con la prestación de servicios de orientación a estudiantes a partir de 2012. Se presta especial atención a la explicación de los resultados clave del estudio de caso a través de los temas de; concepciones de orientación escolar integrada, el modelo integrado irlandés de orientación, los roles y responsabilidades de los agentes implicados y el efecto de la reasignación de recursos por parte de los responsables del diseño de políticas que financian los servicios escolares de orientación.



Funder: Irish Research Council (IRC) Government of Ireland Starter Research Project Grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.Dublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland

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