Advances in Theories of Career Development

Authored by: Richard S. Sharf

Handbook of Vocational Psychology

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415808170
eBook ISBN: 9780203143209
Adobe ISBN: 9781136500008


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In this chapter, I describe advances as well as problems that interfere with advances in career development theories. To provide a context for this approach, I first discuss the need for and importance of career development theories. Then, I examine problems in developing new theories. To understand advances in career development theories, I consider the role of the theorist and others in this process, as well as the uses of theories. This provides a perspective to examine advances in career development theories beginning with trait-and-factor approaches. Then I discuss advances in developmental models of career choice followed by constructivist and narrative approaches and more recent relational and other approaches to career development. After considering social cognitive career theory, the chapter ends with concluding remarks about the future of career choice and development theories.

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