Using Qualitative Assessment in Career Counselling

McMahon, Mary L. & Patton, Wendy A. (2002) Using Qualitative Assessment in Career Counselling. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 2(1), pp. 51-66.

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Advancements in conceptualisations about career and career development and irreversible changes in the world of work have necessitated that career counsellors reflect on their practice in order that it keeps pace and maintains relevancy. Fundamental to these reflections is consideration of the place and nature of career assessment in career counselling. Traditionally, emphasis has been given to quantitative assessment. More recently, the profile of qualitative assessment has been raised, and its place in career counselling has been strengthened relative to but not to the exclusion of quantitative assessment. However, there is little to guide the use of qualitative assessment. This paper presents a theoretical overview of qualitative assessment in career counselling and proposes guidelines for using qualitative assessment.

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ID Code: 9648
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: qualitative assessment, career counselling, career assessment, quantitative assessment
DOI: 10.1023/A:1014283407496
ISSN: 1573-1782
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:46

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