Peter McIlveen

Peter McIlveen
University of Southern Queensland  · Faculty of Education

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Professor Peter McIlveen leads the Australian Collaboratory for Career, Employability, and Learning for Living (ACCELL). ACCELL is a multidisciplinary research team focused on adaptive capacity and career development learning, and the psychology of working. Visit our site: www.accell-research.com
Additional affiliations
January 2013 - May 2020
University of Southern Queensland 
Position
  • Professor
January 2009 - December 2012
University of Southern Queensland 
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
March 1999 - January 2009
University of Southern Queensland 
Position
  • Manager, Careers & Employment Service
Education
March 2005 - August 2008
Queensland University of Technology
Field of study
  • psychology, vocational psychology, counselling, career development

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Publications (144)
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In recent years, there has been a bourgeoning scholarly interest in teacher engagement that has stemmed, in part, from broader policy discussions around teacher effectiveness. However, theory and research on the dimensional structure of teacher engagement data remains underdeveloped, potentially limiting the interpretational utility of inferences d...
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This paper reports on research conducted to identify profiles of personality among teachers. We also examine the associations of profile membership with dimensions of teachers' self-efficacy for teaching, work engagement, and job satisfaction. Latent profile analyses revealed four distinct profiles of teacher personality (i.e., “rigid”, “ordinary”,...
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The teaching profession faces projected shortages due to increasing attrition rates attributed to low engagement and satisfaction (Martin, Sass, & Schmitt, 2012). Models of teacher work engagement and satisfaction implicate core dispositional characteristics in teacher engagement and satisfaction (Duffy & Lent, 2009; McIlveen & Perera, 2015). Extan...
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Teachers' self-efficacy is positively associated with job satisfaction and commitment. What is less clear in the teacher education literature is to what extent pre-service teachers' self-efficacy influences and is influenced by other psychological factors associated with career engagement. The current research contributes to understanding the compl...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to open up the question of how we prepare people to be resilient, flexible and capable of managing the uncertainties and complexities of the twenty‐first century by using both futures studies and complexity theory as a backdrop for a discussion of career education and teacher education in the future. Design/met...
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Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the clinical utility of a model of seven principles for effective visiting primary care services and to determine how it could be conceptualised as a tool for evaluation. Setting: The research was undertaken in the context of visiting primary care services with an agency, Outback Futures, sele...
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There is emergent evidence of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale’s utility in the Global South. The present research provides evidence about the measurement properties of a Bahasa Indonesia language version of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale and comparator measures, the Career Futures Inventory-Revised and the Self-perceived Employability Scale, usi...
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Cumulative harm refers to the effects of an accumulation of adverse experiences in a child's life. An understanding of cumulative harm and its integration into practice frameworks, legislation, policy and service delivery is hailed as an imperative of critical social concern and has been demanded by researchers, practitioners, commissioners and cor...
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The future of work is influenced by the digital transformation of industries, including agriculture. The current study aimed to understand the social drivers of automated technology acceptance and adoption in Australian cotton farms. The study employed a mixed-methods approach to compare those who were (a) currently using automated technology, (b)...
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People's career choices are not necessarily the unfolding of normative experiences. Instead, trauma experienced as cumulate harm throughout childhood affects developmental trajectories and career choices. There is, however, a dearth of research into the influences of cumulative harm on career development. The present research addresses that gap in...
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Higher education broadly assumes a conceptual link between generic skills and employability. We accessed a large sample of data collected by the Australian Government to investigate whether the Course Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) subscales Good Teaching (GTS), Graduate Skills (GSS), and Graduate Qualities (GQS) predicted graduates’ employment sta...
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Emerging public discourse about making a “tree change”, “green change”, or “sea change” emphasizes the putative benefits of working and residing in regional Australia. Yet, attracting and retaining workers in the regions is a challenge for policymakers, governments, and industries. The present research involved two separate surveys of people residi...
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The present research is an investigation into students’ selection of extra-curricular activities that support the development of their employability. The research deployed focus groups involving students (N = 25) aged 21 to 44 years (M = 26, SD = 6.6), 52% of the participants were female, 48% were undergraduate students, 56% were international stud...
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Background: Social cognitive career theory (SCCT) is one of the leading theories within the literature of career development, but there is marginal evidence of its applicability within the diverse nations and cultures of the Middle East and Arab nations. Objectives: The research involved a mixed methods exploratory design with an aim to determine...
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Conceptual models of the effects of teacher self-efficacy hold that efficacy beliefs are related to important teacher (e.g., well-being) and student (e.g., achievement) outcomes both directly and indirectly via teacher practices. Surprisingly little work, however, has been conducted to test these propositions in integrative models comprising both t...
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Purpose Australia's agricultural industry has become highly dependent on young low-cost, overseas “working holiday” visa workers known as “backpackers”, who are notoriously subject to exploitative workplace practices. This study aimed to explore backpackers' experiences in terms of how job demands, job resources and personal resources influence the...
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Introduction: Personal, community, and environmental factors can influence the attraction and retention of regional, rural, and remote health workers. However, the concept of place attachment needs further attention as a factor affecting the sustainability of the rural health workforce. Objective: The purpose of this rapid review was to explore...
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Objective Visiting health care services were developed to improve access to essential health care in rural and remote areas. Evaluating these services requires a robust framework. The objective of this study was to assess the confirmability and credibility of a model of 7 principles for effective visiting health care services. Setting Three iterat...
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Background: Hitherto, little work has examined the proposition that teachers may simultaneously invest varying degrees of their energetic resources in the teaching and learning environment. Aims: Drawing on a multidimensional, person-centred perspective, the study aimed to identify profiles of teacher engagement, reflecting distinct configuratio...
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We measured 16 career-related metaphors' salience to university students and graduates (N = 577). The JOURNEY metaphor recorded the highest score (62%) with moderate levels for ENCOUNTERS AND RELATIONSHIPS, A STORY, and ROLES. Exploratory structural equation modelling revealed four factors labelled as Constraint (i.e. entrapped, struggling, or livi...
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The present research is an investigation into students’ selection of extra-curricular activities that support the development of their employability. The research deployed focus groups involving students (N = 25) across a mix of disciplines, domestic and international origin, level of study, and first-in-family background. Transcripts of the focus...
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The pervasive effects of cumulative harm resulting from adverse childhood experiences influence all aspects of an individual’s life course. Research highlights a relationship between early trauma and career choice; however, there is a dearth of research pertaining specifically to cumulative harm and the influence on career choice in the helping pro...
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The present research demonstrates initial evidence of validity of a model of pedagogical practice for teacher educators, the Pre-Service Teacher Motivation Model, which is conceptually based in self-determination theory. The study deployed a survey comprising items constituting the proposed model’s factors, and measures of satisfaction of basic psy...
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Greater attention than ever is being placed on how universities enable their graduates to achieve their career goals as a key return on significant private and public investment. Scholars in two distinct fields of research have explored the characteristics and conditions that promote or constrain graduates' career success: graduate employability an...
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The present research is focused on the measurement properties of the Decent Work Scale (DWS) in Australia and adds to the cumulative evidence of the measure’s international utility for psychological research into the role of work in people’s lives. The study contributes new evidence via a survey of a sample of workers ( N = 201) who completed the D...
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An increasing demand for food for a growing world population, degradation of arable land and waters, increasing technological sophistication, and a shrinking work force are a dynamic mix of factors that influence the supply of workers who are vital to the world’s agricultural industries. For nearly a half century, psychology has given relatively li...
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My Career Chapter: a Dialogical Autobiography (MCC; McIlveen; 2015) is a qualitative career assessment and counselling tool based on the systems theory framework (STF; Patton & McMahon, 2014) and dialogical self theory (DST; Meijers & Hermans, 2017). MCC leads the client through a reflective writing process based on their internal dialogues about t...
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As university graduates face increasingly changing and challenging labour markets and work environments, universities are prioritising the work of helping students develop their graduate employability. As a result, university Career Services and career development practitioners are subject to changing strategic and operational approaches to the pro...
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This paper reports on a study designed to identify profiles of teacher engagement and their generalizability across Canadian and Australian teachers. Moreover, we examine self-efficacy as a predictor of profile membership and the cross-country generalizability of these. We also examine emotional exhaustion (EE) and job satisfaction (JS) as outcomes...
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Hunger and undernourishment are global problems of pandemic proportion. Fortunately, there is evidence of improved supply of food to those most in need and progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger. Among the human population, the number of undernourished peoples has declined from approximately 1 billion in 1990-92 to 795 million...
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Effective communication with consumers underpins growth in wine knowledge that, in turn, contributes to growth in wine consumption. Indeed, tasting notes may enhance consumers’ experiences of wine. Yet wine language is full of fuzzy concepts. In this chapter, we consider the language used to talk about wine, specifically the humanlike features of w...
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Effective communication with consumers underpins growth in wine knowledge that, in turn, contributes to growth in wine consumption. Indeed, tasting notes may enhance consumers’ experiences of wine. Yet wine language is full of fuzzy concepts. In this chapter, we consider the language used to talk about wine, specifically the humanlike features of w...
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This chapter presents a new qualitative tool for evaluating the effectiveness of dialogue-based interventions: the Qualitative SIFS Evaluation for Future (QSEF). This tool is developed on the basis of the Self-Construction Theory (Guichard in L’Orientation Scolaire et Professionnelle, 33, 499–534, 2004; in International Journal of Education and Voc...
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The present study investigated three dimensions of the working alliance—Goal, Task, and Bond —and the reduction of negative career-related thoughts. A pre-test post-test design revealed a significant reduction in negative career thoughts after an initial career counseling interview provided to N = 87 college students. Regression analysis revealed t...
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Drawing on social cognitive perspectives, the present study examined an integrative model of the interplay among math self-efficacy, interests, aspirations, and achievement among early and middle adolescents. Based on short-term longitudinal data from approximately 400 students, analyses using fully latent structural equation analyses, establishing...
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In this paper, we present the Metaphor Identification Procedure Vrije Universiteit (MIPVU) for the reliable detection of metaphoric language that may be interpreted using extant vocational psychology theory. Metaphors are ubiquitous in communication and carry influential meaning for people. To illustrate MIPVU, we use transcripts of interviews with...
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Teachers’ engagement in professional learning is vital to the profession’s sustainability. Their professional learning is influenced by the demands of balancing work, family, and the strain of balancing the two. This challenge is addressed through the notion resilience, operationalized as career adaptability. In a sample of teachers (N = 193), the...
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Higher education students provide many reasons for their taking a particular degree. These typically relate to their current vocational interests and future employment prospects. This is significant since students’ vocational identities and consequent decisions develop in a complex dynamic of vocational personality, characteristic adaptations, and...
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This paper is a submission (number 27) to the Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers of the Senate of Australia. The Terms of Reference of the Committee: On 19 October 2017 the Senate established the Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers to inquire and report on the impact of technological and other change on the future o...
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Case formulation is the rhetorical centerpiece of counseling. Case formulation arises from empirical assessment and directs evidence-based intervention. Case formulation emanates from an epistemology that is enlivened in an arcane rhetoric. Case formulation speaks to the ontology of life and an axiology for living a good life. Case formulation is d...
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This chapter presents a case study which describes the application of the Intrapreneurial Self-Capital Training with a final-year postgraduate female biology student, Erica. The chapter presents an overview of the theory that is relevant to the world of work and the conceptual dimensions of Intrapreneurial Self-Capital (ISC). Training for ISC aims...
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The U-Cube is a play-based tool for constructivist career assessment and counselling. The U-Cube is fashioned on the famous Rubik’s Cube. Each face of a square side has career-related words that can be manipulated as part of a counselling process. Clients can be asked to find words that are personally meaningful and talk about these words with the...
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Normative circular and dimensional models are the dominant structures for the organization of vocational interests in the scientific literature. However, it is increasingly recognized that not all individuals’ interest configurations can be adequately represented by normative models. Adopting a person-centered, multidimensional perspective on vocat...
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Unemployment is a ubiquitous problem that is a complex of cultural, economic interpersonal, physical, and psychological dimensions. Whereas the pernicious negative outcomes of unemployment are empirically established in the literature, there is a need to better understand the psychological experiences of unemployment so as to inform interventions t...
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Career adaptivity is the first factor in a chain of putative effects posited in the career construction theory (CCT): Adaptivity → Adaptability → Adapting → Adaptation. Hitherto, research on adaptivity has chiefly used variable-centered strategies to investigate the independent effects of adaptivity-related traits on adaptability, adapting, and ada...
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Natural language used in conversations and therapeutic language used in dialogue between client and counsellor can be theorized as the workings of dialogical self. The metaphor of life as a story is evident in the way dialogical self is structured by conversational exchanges among multiple I-positions, embodied as the one person, who is in conversa...
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Stories are universal. Cultures include stories; cultures are storiesincomplete stories, always evolving. Every person has a story; a person is a storyan incomplete story, always evolving. At their confluence, the stories of cultures manifest through individuals, and individuals express themselves through the stories of their cultures. As such, o...
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Career development in Australia is diverse in its scope of practices and practitioners. There are rich traditions of assessment, counselling, and education for typical career matters, such as career exploration, decision-making, and transitions from compulsory schooling and onward to further studies or work. Practitioners from disciplines as divers...
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This research investigated the latent structure and full measurement invariance of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) in three independent samples of social occupations for the first time, namely, preservice teachers (n = 344), retail workers (n = 394), and mothers (n = 160). Convergent and divergent validity of the CAAS data was tested agains...
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Career development practitioners are challenged to provide evidence of the relevance of their research, expertise in delivering career guidance and developing informational resources, and effectiveness of their interventions. The paper addresses the chronic problems of unemployment, under-employment, and obstacles to job search effectiveness. These...
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The WHOQOL-BREF is predicated on a multidimensional perspective on quality of life (QOL); yet, studies are unclear about the latent structure underlying responses. This article reports on a study conducted to investigate the structure of WHOQOL-BREF scores. Competing latent structures of the data were examined in a general population sample. In add...
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Retirement can no longer be conceptualized as disengagement, as the end of a person’s career, as it is in the life-span, life-space theory. Increasingly, retirees are returning to work, in paid and unpaid positions, in a part-time or full-time capacity, as an act of re-engagement. Vocational psychology theories are yet to adequately conceptualize t...
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Retirement can no longer be conceptualized as disengagement, as the end of a person’s career, as it is in the life-span, life-space theory. Increasingly, retirees are returning to work, in paid, and unpaid positions, in a part-time or full-time capacity, as an act of re-engagement. Vocational psychology theories are yet to adequately conceptualize...
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Retaining teachers in the workforce is a major social issue as this vital profession suffers from low levels of prestige and high levels of attrition. This article is a report on research into the psychological predictors of career engagement in pre-service and practicing teachers (N = 364). It was hypothesized that teachers’ conscientiousness and...
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The present study aims to illustrate an encompassing approach to the evaluation of personality factor structure replicability based on novel exploratory structural equation modeling (ESEM) methods. This approach comprises formal tests of measurement invariance applied to the flexible ESEM framework and overcomes the limitations of congruence measur...
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The Vocational Psychology of Agriculture – Farming Food and Fibre is advanced in this article. It is argued that vocational psychology can and should provide a substantive contribution to agriculture by solving problems associated with labour supply and the quality of work, particularly the problems of poverty and hunger that blight the world. Desp...
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Existing literature has documented relationships between personality traits and academic achievement as well as some of the mechanisms underlying these links. However, the pathways by which personality traits are associated with achievement during stressful educational circumstances require further investigation. This study examined a model of the...
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The Career Interest Test (CIT) is a 63-item forced-choice instrument designed to measure seven career interests. Although the measure possesses favorable psychometric properties, there have been recent calls for the development of a shortened version of the inventory. The present article reports on research conducted to develop a short form of the...
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This chapter presents a philosophical analysis of psychotherapy, counseling, and career counseling, and takes into account history and epistemology. Methodologically, this chapter is an inspection of vocational psychology’s discourse (cf. Richardson, 2012b; Stead & Bakker, 2012); for it is the discourse of vocational psychology that establishes and...
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The Life Design International Research Group (Savickas et al., 2009) set an agenda for research and professional training for their intervention model, life-design counselling. Consideration is given to the competencies required for practitioners to perform certain operations that constitute some of the core processes of life-design counselling: co...
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Writing an autobiography is not an easy task and the process does not come naturally for all clients. In my career counselling practice I have found that some clients do not know how to start or what to write about. It seems ironic that the one person who knows the most about himself/herself finds it challenging to write a personal life story. Thus...
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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 d...
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It is evident that scholars of the science and practices of career counselling have effectively assimilated the postmodern challenge to the epistemology that hitherto produced the accepted ways of knowing and doing in the field. Scholars have reached the horizon seen decades beforehand and the field has returned to a state of normal science. At thi...
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This study is an investigation into postgraduate students' decision-making in relation to their continuing studies at a higher education institution. Six participants who were enrolled in postgraduate education degrees were interviewed. The interview questions explored the relationship between their motivations for enrolling in postgraduate study;...
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写自传并非易事,而且,这一过程并非会让所有咨询者觉得得心应手。在我职业生涯咨询的实践中,我发现有些咨询者并不知道如何开始写,也不知道要写什么。这看似讽刺,因为最了解自己的人反而认为写一片关于自己的文章很难。因此,这部分将介绍如何做出有质量的职业评估,也将介绍咨询步骤“我的职业生涯”(MCC;麦克基文,2006年版)。“我的职业生涯”是半结构化的步骤,让咨询者写出简短的自传式叙事文章——即其生命中的一个篇章。这个篇章与《我的职业生涯》一起,构成了一份半结构化的访谈综述,及职业系统访谈(CSI;麦克基文,2003年版)1。职业系统访谈和“我的职业生涯”一起,将系统理论框架应用于职业生涯发展(STF;派顿及麦克马洪,2014年版)。此外,“我的职业生涯”理念及执行的目的,即叙事职业咨询的要素为:主...
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INTRODUCTION 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 Framewor...
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In this chapter, we begin with an overview of concepts that relates to the theoretical notion career adaptability (Savickas, 2005). Next we raise concerns about conflation of terminology and concepts. We subsequently present a semantic and pragmatic analysis of career adaptability in order to demonstrate its similarities and differences to social c...
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It is evident that scholars of the science and practices of career counselling have effectively assimilated the postmodern challenge to the epistemology that hitherto produced the accepted ways of knowing and doing in the field. Scholars have reached the horizon seen decades beforehand and the field has returned to a state of normal science.
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From the perspective of the career construction theory (Savickas, 2005, 2013), adaptation is fostered by adapt-ability resources via the process of adapting. Using this model, the current research tested hypotheses representing the conceptual formulation that academic and psychological adjustment (i.e., adaptation) are associated with optimism (i.e...
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This paper is an explication of the conceptual underpinnings of a new, narrative career counselling method: fluttering-hope. The method presents a new approach to addressing repetition compulsion, a condition characterised by repeated career-destructive behaviour and experiences of failure. Fluttering-hope is formulated on the basis of the Chaos Th...
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The study focuses on psychological predictors of academic major satisfaction. According to the career construction theory (Savickas, 2005), vocational personality and career adaptability should generate career satisfaction. In this study, vocational personality was operationalised as Big Five conscientiousness, and career adaptability was operation...
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The purpose of this study was to test the international transferability and structural validity of the Career Futures Inventory (CFI) in a sample of Australian university students (N = 1,566). Exploratory factor analysis of the data from a random half-split of the sample supported a three-factor solution equivalent to the original CFI subscales, Ca...
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If effective ways of constructing capacities are to be understood, several means of identifying and assessing multiple approaches to conceptualising and contextualising such capacities need to be developed. This chapter explores and evaluates some of those approaches, adopting an eclectic and culturally diverse approach that considers each approach...
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Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has potential to contribute to career counselling. In this paper, the theoretical tenets of ACT and a selection of its counselling techniques are overviewed along with a descriptive case vignette. There is limited empirical research into ACT’s application in career counselling. Accordingly, a research agenda...
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This study investigated students' experiences of a career development program that was established to foster interest in and aspirations for higher education within high school students residing in rural and isolated areas of Australia. Nine students who participated in the program were interviewed 18 months later to explore their recollections of...
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If effective ways of constructing capacities are to be understood, several means of identifying and assessing multiple approaches to conceptualising and contextualising such capacities need to be developed. This chapter explores and evaluates some of those approaches, adopting an eclectic and culturally diverse approach that considers each approach...
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It is vital for research teams to assess their activities and outcomes as they grow in confidence and momentum if their capacities are to be enlarged and sustained. The authors use this chapter to conduct a theoretically framed evaluation of the first three years of operations of the research team that they constitute. Attention is given simultaneo...
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With regard to a philosophical vision of learning as growth, as the development of self and society through learning, this chapter explores career development learning through the conceptual prism of precepts drawn from adult learning theories, andragogy and transformative learning. Three concepts of adult learning theory are considered with a view...
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Table of Contents Foreword by Wendy Patton Author Biographies CHAPTER 1. Donna E. Schultheiss and Eric Wallace: An introduction to social constructionism in vocational psychology and career development CHAPTER 2: Richard A. Young and Natalee E. Popadiuk: Social constructionist theories in vocational psychology CHAPTER 3: Graham B. Stead and Terri M...
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The social constructionist approach is philosophically and practically different to the traditional, tried-and-tested theories and practices of career development which generations of students, researchers and practitioners have learned, implemented, evaluated, for their needs in various contexts. After 100 years, the endeavour of the field has pro...
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This chapter is a consideration of the epistemological scope of the social constructionist paradigm in vocational psychology and career development, and the core construct of narrative. The term narrative psychology (cf. Sarbin, 1986) ostensibly implies a coherent body of theory and attendant literature, however, the literature is far from establis...
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This paper is a report on the perceived correspondence between career development learning and work-integrated learning programs that were delivered by career services in Australian higher education institutions. The study entailed a questionnaire survey of representatives of university career services. The questionnaire dealt with the extent to wh...
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The lifelong evolution of an individual’s sense of identity as it relates to the spheres of work and higher education is profoundly influenced by career development learning. In this chapter, career development learning is presented as a vehicle for informing the design and delivery of work-integrated learning in higher education. The chapter is ba...
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This chapter addresses life themes in career counselling. Life themes are conceptualised as significant dimensions of career, subjectively and objectively understood. The chapter includes a brief overview of the notion of life themes with reference to classical theories that have long-held life themes as a core theoretical dimension. A dialogical a...