ERIC Number: ED444055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Career Development and Public Policy: The Role of Values, Theory and Research.
Savickas, Mark L.
Career development specialists have not usually participated in public policy about work and workers. This paper examines how, as a community of technical experts, they can encourage policymakers to use values, theory, and research findings to assess the impact of current practices and to generate new policies. Career development specialists can actively use policy to institutionalize values and preferred outcomes, starting by advancing counseling's values in the very problem definitions that structure legislative action. In addition to values, career development specialists can offer policymakers career theory as a viable means of coordinating and systematizing workforce policy. The science of vocational psychology provides a dependable source of knowledge to inform public policy aimed at developing a satisfactory workforce and satisfied workers. Vocational psychology has also produced effective career guidance techniques for assessing persons, providing occupational information, and matching people to fitting positions. Career professionals can offer their values, theory, and empirical knowledge as a descriptive base from which to devise principles and construct social policy regarding workforce development and career guidance. It is time for career development specialists to become more proactive in revitalizing values, theory, and research, and to become policy actors who help to development and guide our national workforces. (Contains 41 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Making Waves: Career Development and Public Policy. International Symposium 1999 Papers, Proceedings, and Strategies (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 2-4, 1999); see CG 030 145.