Theoretical underpinnings and practical application of constructivist approaches to career counselling

Patton, Wendy A. (2007) Theoretical underpinnings and practical application of constructivist approaches to career counselling. In Maree, J.K (Ed.) Shaping the Story : A guide to facilitating narrative career counselling. Van Schaik Publishers, South Africa.


Changes in our understanding of career and its role in our lives, where notions of secure and linear career progression are no longer the norm, mean that career counsellors need new ways of working with their clients. Constructivist approaches offer a range of alternate ways to understand the diverse meanings given to behaviour and action in our lives. Contructivist perspectives are not new (Collin & Young, 1986) but they are gaining credence in the career counselling literature (McMahon & Patton, 2006). Savickas (1997) referred to the increasing attention to constructivism as being connected with a 21st century preoccupation with meaning, as opposed to a 20th century focus on facts.

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ID Code: 10652
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Career counselling, constructivist approaches
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Van Schaik
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:33

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