A Critical Reflection on Career Development

McIlveen, Peter F. & Patton, Wendy A. (2006) A Critical Reflection on Career Development. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 6(1), pp. 15-27.

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The science and professional practices of vocational psychology and career development are brought into question via a critical polemic informed by the work of Foucault, with a particular focus on the application of theory and techniques of objective assessment and psychometrics. It is asserted that the scientific and professional discourse and constructs of traditional approaches to career development have been reified. The context of this discourse is discussed with respect to the risk that career development scientists and practitioners have become unwitting or complicit instruments of a broader economic and political discourse. Their alignment with the client is ultimately questioned.

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ID Code: 5584
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1007/s10775-006-0005-1
ISSN: 1573-1782
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:22

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