Career development research for evidence-based policy

McIlveen, Peter (2010) Career development research for evidence-based policy. Australian Journal of Career Development, 19 (1). pp. 71-74. ISSN 1038-4162

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Given that the current issue of the Australian Journal of Career Development is devoted to career development and social inclusion, it is appropriate to consider the contribution that the field of career development can make to national policy agenda and formulations on the basis of research. At the International Symposium for Career Development and Public Policy held in 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand, there was a call for better exploiting the evidence of impact that career development interventions have upon individuals, for the purposes of formulating public policies and programs. Indeed, there is already a quantum of empirical evidence indicative of the capacity of career development interventions to make significant changes in the everyday lives of individuals. Accordingly, it is worth considering how this ever-growing evidence-base can be extended to audiences and applications beyond the career development profession itself, so as to make additional contributions to the macro-level of fundamental areas such as education, employment and social inclusion; and this point is particularly relevant for those targets identified by the Council of Australian Governments.
What is presented below is a précis of an evidence-base to illustrate its currency and how it can be used at an institutional level. In this particular case, the précis refers to how career development research can be used to improve students’ educational experiences and outcomes—indeed a matter of national significance given the current world-of-work and international issues of labour supply.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Author's version reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. This journal is available online. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the ACER journal. It is not a copy of the record. Final and authorised version first published in the Australian Journal of Career Development in Volume 19, Number 1, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research. Copyright 2010 Australian Council for Educational Research.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2010 06:00
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2014 22:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: career development; public policy; evidence-base
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160505 Economic Development Policy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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