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Interdisciplinarity in vocational guidance: an action theory perspective

  • Ladislav ValachEmail author
  • Richard A. Young
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Abstract

In addressing the issue of interdisciplinary research in vocational guidance, twelve propositions important for understanding the vocational guidance process as joint, goal-directed action are presented. They address the encounter between client and counsellor leading to relational ethics, the relevance of everyday action theory and methods for the analysis of goal-directed processes as joint actions, projects, and careers. Research on the school-to-work transition illustrates this conceptualisation and analysis. Links to other disciplines concerned with vocational guidance are identified.

Keywords

Vocational guidance School-work transition Action theory 

Résumé.

Interdisciplinarité en orientation professionnelle: la perspective de la théorie de l’action. En abordant la question de la recherche interdisciplinaire en orientation professionnelle, on présente douze propositions importantes pour comprendre le processus d’orientation professionnelle comme action conjointe dirigée vers un but. Elles concernent la rencontre entre le client et le conseiller menant à une éthique de la relation, la pertinence de la théorie de l’action quotidienne et les méthodes pour l’analyse des processus dirigés vers un but comme actions, projets et carrières en liaison les uns avec les autres. La recherche sur la transition école-travail illustre cette conceptualisation et cette analyse. Des liens avec d’autres disciplines concernées par l’orientation professionnelle sont identifiés.

Zusammenfassung.

Interdisziplinarität in der Beruflichen Beratung: Ein Entwurf einer Aktionstheorie. Das Thema der interdisziplinären Forschung in der Berufsberatung ansprechend, werden zwölf grundlegende Aussagen vorgestellt, die bedeutsam für das Verständnis des Berufsberatungsprozesses als eines gemeinsamen, zielgerichteten Handelns sind. Angesprochen wird die Begegnung von Klient und Berater, was zu Fragen der relationalen Ethik dieser Beziehung führt, sowie die Relevanz der Handlungstheorie und ihrer Methoden für die Analyse von zielorientierten Prozessen als gemeinsame Handlungen, Projekte und Laufbahnen. Untersuchungen zum Übergang Schule-Beruf illustrieren diese Konzeptualisierung und Analyse. Schnittstellen zu anderen Fachbereichen, die mit Berufsberatung befasst sind, werden aufgezeigt.

Resumen.

Interdisciplinariedad en la Orientación Vocacional: una perspectiva desde la Teoría de la Acción. Al abordar el tema de la investigación interdisciplinar en la orientación vocacional, se presentan doce proposiciones importantes para entender el proceso de la orientación vocacional desde la acción conjunta y orientada a las metas. Estas abarcan el encuentro entre cliente y orientando que lleva a la ética de las relaciones, la relevancia de una teoría de la acción cotidiana y de los métodos para el análisis de procesos dirigidos como acciones conjuntas, proyectos y carreras. Se ejemplifica esta conceptualización y análisis a través de investigaciones sobre la transición escuela-trabajo. Se identifican asimismo los vínculos con otras disciplinas relacionadas con la orientación vocacional.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University ZurichBremgartenSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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