Methodological Approaches to the Study of Career

Richard A. Young, William A. Borgen
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1990 - Broj stranica: 267

This volume addresses a wide range of methodological approaches to the study of career with particular emphasis on alternative approaches. The contributors challenge those who see the traditional positivist empirical methodology as the only appropriate methodology with which to address important career questions and issues, arguing instead that the subject of career can best be studied within a number of disciplines, and using a variety of methodologies. Among the alternative methodologies explored by the contributors and employed in studies reported in this volume are those based on contextual/systems research, human action inquiry, and phenomenological/hermeneutical research. These alternatives, the contributors assert, are more responsive to human experience and social issues and are, therefore, often more viable for the study of career and career-related issues than is the positivist approach. Researchers in educational psychology, counseling psychology, and human resources will find this book an important contribution to the professional literature.

Divided into three parts, the volume begins by identifying a number of specific questions--involving terminology, assessment, samples, culture, and outcomes--that contribute to the complexity of career research. Part two contains seven chapters, each of which addresses a generic research approach relevant to research in the career area. Both epistemological issues and the specifics of methods and techniques are addressed in these chapters. Among the approaches covered are Vondracek's developmental-contextual approach to career development research, narrative approaches, and the use of ethnography in career education studies. In the third section, the contributors use a range of methodologies to address appropriate topics in the career field, including the impact of parental influence on career choice, the problem of unemployment, midlife career change, and women's career development.

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Issues in Career Research
Supplementing Differential Research in Vocational Psychology Using Nontraditional Methods
A DevelopmentalContextual Approach to Career Development Research
BiographicalHermeneutical Approaches to the Study of Career Development
Narrative as a Paradigm for Career Research
Action Theory Approaches to Career Research
Parental Influences on Career Development A Research Perspective
Help Seeking and Coping with Unemployment
New Challenges for Career Development Methodological Implications
Midlife Career Change Research
The Politics of Methodological Decisions How Social Policy and Feminism Affect the Study of Careers
A Structural Model Approach to Occupational Stress Theory and Womens Careers
Selected Bibliography
Name Index

A Theory of Goaldirected Action in Career Analysis
Field Research and Career Education
Subject Index
About the Editors and Contributors
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Stranica 73 - ... we dream in narrative, daydream in narrative, remember, anticipate, hope, despair, believe, doubt, plan, revise, criticize, construct, gossip, learn, hate, and love by narrative. In order really to live, we make up stories about ourselves and others, about the personal as well as the social past and future, (in Meek, 1978, p.
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O autoru (1990)

RICHARD A. YOUNG is Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

WILLIAM A. BORGEN is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

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