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ERIC Number: EJ797655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1038-4162
"I Had Seen Order and Chaos, but Had Thought They Were Different." The Challenges of the Chaos Theory for Career Development
Pryor, Robert; Bright, Jim
Australian Journal of Career Development, v13 n3 p18-22 Spr 2004
This paper highlights five challenges to the accepted wisdom in career development theory and practice. It presents the chaos theory of careers and argues that the chaos theory provides a more complete and authentic account of human behaviour. The paper argues that positivism, reductionism and assumptions of linearity are inappropriate for capturing career behaviour. Equally, predicting effect from cause is difficult and often impossible given the complexities of modern life. This paper calls for career development theory to accept a broader purview and concludes that ignoring other aspects of life both limits and undermines the utility of narrowly defined theories. Traditional notions of logic, rationality and objectivity are called into question. Finally, it is argued that chaos theory provides a natural connection between science and spirituality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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