ERIC Number: ED265421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-3
Reference Count: 0
Theories of Career Development and the Practice Career Counseling: Will They Ever Get Together?
Career development and vocational choice theories have been criticized as inaccurate and not useful as models for the practice of career counseling. It may be that theorists have not extended their theories into practice concepts, since current literature is lacking in attempts to relate theory to practice. Because of this void in theory-practice information, practitioners have relied on personal-intuitive and traditional trait-and-factor approaches. Career development and vocational choice theory and its applications should be taught to students of career counseling. Career counselors should work to generate better theories. Practitioners and students need to consult theory to enact eclectic approaches to career counseling. Students must examine their concepts of work, motivation, and development. An eclectic theory of career development and a counseling approach can be generated that would enable practitioners to provide remedial assistance when needed and to assist clients in: (1) making initial career choices; (2) making career change choices; (3) developing career adjustment strategies; and (4) identifying the role of work in their lives. A three-page list of references concludes the paper.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (New York, NY, April 2-5, 1985).