Perspectives on Donald Super’s Construct of Career Maturity

Patton, Wendy A. & Lokan, Jan (2001) Perspectives on Donald Super’s Construct of Career Maturity. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 1(1/2), pp. 31-48.

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The evolution of Donald Super’s construct of ‘career maturity’ (CM) is traced from the Career Pattern Study of the 1950s to the innovative research of the Work Importance Study in the 1980s. Successful attempts to establish the portability of the CM construct across countries, particularly in Canada and Australia, are described. An overview of instruments derived from Super’s theories about career development and maturity is presented, together with an overview of research on the correlates of CM. Reference is made to implications of changes over time in the nature of work and the nature of careers for Super’s theories. As others have recognised, evolving changes in these areas mean that theories, to remain relevant, also need to evolve. The article includes discussion of some of the dimensions identified more recently as useful in explaining career development levels and patterns, including career indecision and work role salience.

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ID Code: 9656
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Donald Super, career maturity (CM), career development, correlates of career maturity, work role salience, career indecision, nature of work
DOI: 10.1023/A:1016964629452
ISSN: 1573-1782
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 21 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:46

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