1st Edition

Contemporary Theories of Career Development International Perspectives

Edited By Nancy Arthur, Mary McMahon Copyright 2019
    284 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In response to the complexities of social change that have become evident in the 21st century, there is a need for innovation in career theory that takes into account new perspectives and the fluctuating contexts of people’s lives. Contemporary Theories of Career Development: International Perspectives brings together the contributions of theorists from around the globe whose work represents current, cutting-edge international approaches to career development theory. Emphasizing the new perspectives that are needed for this field to be relevant in a contemporary era, this book considers the cultural applications of theory in a diverse range of populations.

    Structured in three parts with chapters written by internationally renowned leaders in the field, this collection features a critical examination of the current history of the field; thirteen theory chapters, each enhanced by a case study; and a final chapter that draws the previous chapters together through key themes, broadening the reader’s knowledge of theoretical perspectives and their interrelations. Each theory chapter author comments on and critiques his or her own theory, inviting readers to engage with these theories at both a practical and theoretical level through the case studies.

    Detailed, with reader-friendly descriptions and supplemented by international research, case examples, and discussion questions, Contemporary Theories of Career Development: International Perspectives is the ideal reference work for students studying the topic as well as a stimulus for researchers and practitioners looking to implement the theories in their work.

    Part I: Career Development Theory: History, Challenges, and Practical Applications

    Chapter 1: Career Development Theory: Origins and History

    Mary McMahon and Nancy Arthur

    Chapter 2: The Reciprocal Relationship of Career Theory and Practice

    - Mark Watson

    Chapter 3: Stasis and Change: The Paradox in Theories of Career Development

    - Wendy Patton


    Part II: Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives


    Chapter 4: Social Cognitive Career Theory: Empirical Evidence and Cross-Cultural Applications

    - Hung-Bin Sheu and Laura Phrasavath

    Chapter 5: Cognitive Information Processing Theory: Applications of an Empirically-Based Theory and Interventions to Diverse Populations

    • Debra Osborn, Emily Bullock-Yowell, Casey Dozier, Gary Peterson, Denise

    Saunders, Jim Sampson

    Chapter 6: Contextual Action Theory: Concepts, Processes, and Examples

    • Richard Young and José Domene

    Chapter 7: Career Construction for Life Design: Practice and Theory

    • Paul Hartung and Logan Vess

    Chapter 8: The Systems Theory Framework of Career Development: Accommodating Context, Complexity and Culture

    • Mary McMahon and Wendy Patton

    Chapter 9: The Living Systems Theory of Vocational Behaviour and Development

    • Fred Vondracek and Donald Ford

    Chapter 10: Careers as Fractal Patterns: The Chaos Theory of Careers Perspective

    • Robert Pryor and Jim Bright

    Chapter 11: The Psychology of Working Theory: A Transformative Perspective for a Challenging Era

    • David Blustein, Ryan D. Duffy, Maureen E. Kenny, Ellen Gutowski, Aj Diamonti

    Chapter 12: Choice or Constraint? Sociological Career Theory

    • Jenny Bimrose

    Chapter 13: Career Development Theory and Practice: A Culture-Infused Perspective

    • Nancy Arthur

    Chapter 14: The Cultural Preparedness Framework: Equilibrium and its Alteration

    • Gideon Arulmani

    Chapter 15: Career Development: Insights from Organization Theory

    • Hugh Gunz and Wolfgang Mayrhofer

    Chapter 16: Counseling/Psychotherapy: A Vocational Perspective for Psychotherapy

    • Mary Sue Richardson



    Part III: Implications for Theory and Practice: Moving the Field Forward

    Chapter 17: Contemporary Career Development Theories: Expanding International Perspectives

    - Nancy Arthur and Mary McMahon


    Nancy Arthur is a Professor in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.

    Mary McMahon is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, The University of Queensland, Australia.