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Career Development and Systems Theory

Connecting Theory and Practice, 3rd edition

2014 - 498 pages

Wendy Patton (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Mary McMahon (The University of Queensland, Australia)

ISBN Paperback: 9789462096332 ($ 54.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789462096349 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789462096356

Subject: Career Development, Career Theory

Number 6 of the series: Career Development Series

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Career Development and Systems Theory

The 3rd edition of this classic book offers practitioners, researchers and students a comprehensive introduction to, and overview of, career theory; introduces the Systems Theory Framework of career development; and demonstrates its considerable contemporary and innovative application to practice.

A number of authors have identified the framework as one of a small number of significant innovations in the career development literature. The Systems Theory Framework of career development was developed to provide coherence to the career development field by providing a comprehensive conceptualisation of the many existing theories and concepts relevant to understanding career development. It is not designed to be a theory of career development; rather systems theory is introduced as the basis for an overarching, or metatheoretical, framework within which all concepts of career development, described in the plethora of career theories, can be usefully positioned and utilised in both theory and practice. It has been applied to the career development of children, adolescents and women.

Since its first publication, the Systems Theory Framework has been the basis of numerous publications focusing on theoretical application and integration, practice and research, with a growing number of these by authors other than the framework developers. Its application across cultures also has been emphasised. The theoretical and practical unity of the Systems Theory Framework makes this book a worthy addition to the professional libraries of practitioners, researchers and students, new to, or experienced in, the field of career development.

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