ERIC Number: EJ948507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
The Chaos Theory of Careers
Bright, Jim E. H.; Pryor, Robert G. L.
Journal of Employment Counseling, v48 n4 p163-166 Dec 2011
The Chaos Theory of Careers (CTC; Pryor & Bright, 2011) construes both individuals and the contexts in which they develop their careers in terms of complex dynamical systems. Such systems perpetually operate under influences of stability and change both internally and in relation to each other. The CTC introduces new concepts to account for previously neglected phenomena. The CTC was formulated to address identified shortcomings in existing career theory. Early theories had positive aspects but were partial, segmental, too rational, too individual focused, and divorced from much counseling practice. The authors found attempts at converging the theories unconvincing.
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Career Counseling, Counseling Services, Counseling Theories, Social Theories, Career Development, Counseling Techniques, Fundamental Concepts, Convergent Thinking, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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