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Career Development and Systems Theory

Connecting Theory and Practice

  • Wendy Patton
  • Mary McMahon

Part of the Career Development Series book series (CADE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Review of Existing Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 3-25
    3. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 27-61
    4. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 63-94
    5. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 95-120
    6. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 121-134
    7. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 135-181
  3. The Move Towards Integration and Convergence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 185-211
    3. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 213-240
    4. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 241-276
  4. Systems Theory and Career Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 279-296
    3. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 297-322
    4. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 323-344
    5. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 345-385
    6. Wendy Patton, Mary McMahon
      Pages 387-406
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 407-476

About this book

Introduction

Career Development and Systems Theory: Connecting Theory and Practice 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.

Keywords

Career assessment Career counselling Career theory Career theory and practice Systems Theory Framework

Authors and affiliations

  • Wendy Patton
    • 1
  • Mary McMahon
    • 2
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyAustralia
  2. 2.The University of QueenslandAustralia

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