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ERIC Number: EJ863894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0889-4019
John Holland's Contributions: A Theory-Ridden Approach to Career Assistance
Gottfredson, Gary D.; Johnstun, Marissa L.
Career Development Quarterly, v58 n2 p99-107 Dec 2009
Holland influenced practice and research in career development by contributing a clear theory useful in organizing information about individuals and career alternatives and for understanding individuals' entry and persistence in occupational and other environments. His theory was repeatedly revised in response to evidence. As Holland's own career unfolded in a succession of organizational environments, he used the research opportunities these environments afforded to conduct large-sample tests of his ideas and assessment tools. J. L. Holland's (1970) Self-Directed Search is intended to be a career intervention, and Holland developed it and tested it as such. In outlining Holland's contributions to career counseling, a precis of his theory and some biographical context are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Directed Search