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Career Counselling: Constructivist Approaches / Edition 1

Career Counselling: Constructivist Approaches / Edition 1

by Mary McMahon, Wendy Patton


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In a changing employment climate and with the growth of demand for careers guidance at all stages of life, careers guidance practice has moved from its positivist world view, with the counsellor as expert and client as passive responder, to more holistic ‘constructivist’ approaches. In essence, these approaches view the career as a holistic concept in which work and personal life are inextricably intertwined, and individuals are experts in their own lives, actively constructing their careers.

The first to fully explore the constructivist approach, this book:

  • provides a theoretical background to constructivism
  • outlines a range of constructivist approaches to career counselling
  • gives examples of the practical application of constructivism.

Essential for anyone involved in career guidance wishing to learn more about this vital new approach, this book combines theory with practicable guidance, and represents a new direction for career counselling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415385633
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/13/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Mary McMahon is Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, The University of Queensland, Australia, where she teaches career development theory and narrative career counselling.

Table of Contents

1 Constructivism: What does it mean for career counselling? 2 Working with storytellers: A metaphor for career counselling 3 Usefulness and truthfulness: Reviewing the limitations and promoting the benefits of constructivist approaches for career counselling PART 2 Constructivism, Culture and Career Counselling 4 Career constructivism and culture: Deconstructing and reconstructing career counselling 5 Constructivist approaches to career counselling: A culture-infused perspective 6 Implementing a qualitative (narrative) approach in cross-cultural career counselling 7 Contexts and circumstances: The cultural preparation process approach to career development PART 3 Constructivist Approaches to Career Counselling 8 The storied approach 9 Active Engagement and the influence of constructivism 10 The Systems Theory Framework: A conceptual and practical map for story telling in career counselling 11 Solution-focused career counselling 12 Sociodynamic career counselling: Constructivist practice of wisdom 13 Dialogical self: Co-investigator in career self-research 14 Exploring life and working experiences for self-construction 15 The theory and practice of career construction 16 Career counselling as and about goal-directed human action 17 Chaos and constructivism: Counselling for career development in a complex and changing world 18 Constructivism in online career counselling 19 Creativity and constructivist career counselling PART 4 Constructivist Career Assessment 20 Qualitative career assessment 21 Card sorts: A constructivist approach to career exploration 22 Bridging quantitative and qualitative career assessment: The Integrative Structured Interview process 23 The rise of constructivist career counselling: A reflection

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