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Some Cornerstones in the Development of a Contextual Action Theory of Career and Counselling

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In this article we review severalissues that contribute to the contextual actiontheory of career and counselling. This theoryis based on the notion that career isconstructed through the intentionalgoal-directed actions of persons and thatcounselling is a process that involves bothaction and career. The development of thistheory has relied on several criticaldiscussions, including vocation asrelationship, hermeneutics and phenomenology,methodological diversity, interpretation andnarrative, action theory, emotional processes,joint career development projects, thequalitative action-project method, includingthe self-confrontation interview,contextualizing career counselling, socialconstructionism and family projects. Whenconsidered together, these issues contribute toa substantial and integrated view of career andcounselling.

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Valach, L., Young, R.A. Some Cornerstones in the Development of a Contextual Action Theory of Career and Counselling. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance 4, 61–81 (2004) doi:10.1023/B:IJVO.0000021138.12299.cf

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  • Development Project
  • Action Theory
  • Career Development
  • Emotional Process
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