Handbook of Vocational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Handbook of Vocational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Handbook of Vocational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Handbook of Vocational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Synopsis

Since keeping up with new developments in vocational psychology is important to both psychological practitioners and researchers, this volume is devoted to presenting and evaluating important advances in the field. More specifically, this handbook:

• makes readers aware of the theoretical, research and applied aspects of the field;

• familiarizes them with a variety of techniques, procedures, and theories available for vocational assessment; and

• realistically assesses the significance of vocational psychology for professional functioning and for societal development.

Excerpt

The first part of this handbook consists of five chapters covering current theoretical issues in vocational psychology, the interactional perspective in vocational psychology, theoretical advances in the study of women's career development, a framework for adult career development theory and intervention, and theoretical issues in cross-cultural career development.

The first chapter on current theoretical issues in vocational psychology by Mark Savickas concentrates on two issues that seem to be of overriding importance. Each issue as noted by Savickas involves a substantial intellectual problem to be solved. The first issue deals with convergence, that is, whether or not vocational psychologists should work to unify existing theories of career choice and development. The second issue examined focuses on divergence, namely, the efforts to use postmodern thought to move beyond logical positivism as the philosophy of science for theory and research about vocational behavior. Savickas identifies convergence and divergence as the two fundamental issues in contemporary vocational psychology based on the belief that they structure and maintain the most frequently debated theory and practice questions in vocational psychology. These two theoretical issues give rise to and prompt vocational psychologists' central problems, which separate theory from practice, vocational psychology from basic psychology disciplines, career counseling from psychotherapy, and vocational research agendas from other research agendas. Savickas suggests that much of vo-

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