A philosophical consideration of qualitative career assessment

McIlveen, Peter and Midgley, Warren (2015) A philosophical consideration of qualitative career assessment. In: Career assessment: qualitative approaches. Career Development Series, 7. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 13-20. ISBN 978-94-6300-032-1

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This chapter entails a consideration of the philosophical dimensions of career assessment as an act of social construction. As a philosophical chapter that necessarily renders our own values in this text, we declare our endorsement of social constructionism (Berger & Luckmann, 1966; Gergen & Davis, 1985) and the Systems Theory Framework of career development (STF; Patton & McMahon, 2014). Indeed, we present this statement quite deliberately for we believe it is incumbent upon all scholars and practitioners who engage in a process of a philosophical consideration to metaphorically wear their epistemic and professional values on their sleeves to ensure transparency and understanding (Prilleltensky & Stead, 2013). Thus, the chapter begins with a selection of historical moments in the evolution of the field of career development. We present a caution that career assessment—qualitative and quantitative—is itself an historical, culturally constructed entity that manifests the power of career practitioners afforded them by clients’ unwitting collusion with the discourse of career. We then present a conceptualisation of narrative through the lens of social constructionism.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: All Rights Reserved c 2015 Sense Publishers.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 02:44
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: career assessment, philosophy, qualitative assessment, career development, career counselling
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-94-6300-034-5_2
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27435

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