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Theoretical underpinnings and practical application of constructivist approaches to career counselling

By Wendy A. Patton


Changes in our understanding of career and its role in our lives, where notions of secure and linear career progression are no longer the norm, mean that career counsellors need new ways of working with their clients. Constructivist approaches offer a range of alternate ways to understand the diverse meanings given to behaviour and action in our lives. Contructivist perspectives are not new (Collin & Young, 1986) but they are gaining credence in the career counselling literature (McMahon & Patton, 2006). Savickas (1997) referred to the increasing attention to constructivism as being connected with a 21st century preoccupation with meaning, as opposed to a 20th century focus on facts

Topics: 170000 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES, Career counselling, constructivist approaches
Publisher: Van Schaik Publishers
Year: 2007
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