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This completely revised edition examines four newly emerging theories of career choice and development. Two of the new theories are based in learning theory, one is a values-based holistic model, and the fourth emerges from constructivist philosophy. In a compelling effort to ground these theories in practice, the contributors tell how they would apply their individual theories to a single client. The variations and similarities of the application of the theories reflect the wide range of perspectives offered in this important new resource. The information presented in this edition will challenge teachers, researchers, and those involved in fostering career development to reexamine their assumptions and practices. In twelve chapters, written expressly for this book, the renowned contributors explore a broad range of career development topics, including the reasons people choose their careers; how changes, interests, and skills occur throughout the life cycle; how people do or do not change and adapt to their careers; and much more. In addition, the book describes how to tailor this knowledge to the particular needs of clients from varied backgrounds, stages of life, and occupational levels. Career Choice and Development is a practical guide for administrators and managers who oversee career development programs and for practitioners who provide direct career counseling and planning services. The book is also a valuable tool for psychologists, sociologists, and organizational development specialists who study and teach career development.

Explores the reasons people choose their careers/ how changes, interests & skills occur through the life cycle

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"Anyone who wants one book that integrates theory, research, and practice could not make a better choice than Career Choice and Development. Brown and Brooks are to be congratulated for again prompting career development theorists to apply their models to the practice of career intervention." —Contemporary Psychology

"This compilation of leading career theories in one concise and complete text, with its excellent analysis of the materials presented, is a unique and useful resource for any practitioner or student in the field." —Journal of College Placement

"Well written and easy to read. Experienced professionals and beginning counselors in training will appreciate this effort. They have assembled an impressive collection of authors to introduce the reader to the various theories of career development." —Personnel Psychology

"Career Choice and Development is a hardworking book; it presents both the latest version of major theorists' ideas and goes the extra mile to indicate how each translates their ideas into practice." —Training News Magazine

"This book is designed as a primary reference and successfully brings together the most current ideas and research previously found scattered throughout the literature. The ideas of major theorists are presented side-by-side in similar format for easy comparison." —AACD Guidepost

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787957414
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Business and Management Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 829,215
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Pt. 1 Introduction and Cases
1 Introduction to Theories of Career Development and Choice: Origins, Evolution, and Current Efforts 3
2 Case Studies 24
Pt. 2 Sociological Perspective
3 Career Choice and Development from a Sociological Perspective 37
Pt. 3 Developmental and Postmodern Theories
4 Gottfredson's Theory of Circumscription, Compromise, and Self-Creation 85
5 Career Construction: A Developmental Theory of Vocational Behavior 149
6 A Contextualist Explanation of Career 206
Pt. 4 Career Development Theories Anchored in Learning Theory
7 Social Cognitive Career Theory 255
8 A Cognitive Information Processing Approach to Career Problem Solving and Decision Making 312
Pt. 5 Trait-Factor Theories and Summation
9 Holland's Theory of Personalities in Work Environments 373
10 Person-Environment-Correspondence Theory 427
11 The Role of Work Values and Cultural Values in Occupational Choice, Satisfaction, and Success: A Theoretical Statement 465
12 Status of Theories of Career Choice and Development 510
Name Index 517
Subject Index 529
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