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Childhood Studies and Guidance and Counselling BA (Hons)

Module PP0615 - Constructing the Future

(20.00 Credits)

SYNOPSIS OF MODULE


This module aims to introduce and explore theories of career choice and development, and guidance models of help. In this module students are encouraged to develop insights into a range of multi- disciplinary explanations of the development of career choice as well as offering the students the opportunity to reflect upon their own career development to date and consider future options. This will be achieved by a thorough investigation of the research literature underpinning the topic through seminar discussions and students conducting interviews with peers.

The module is assessed via a written assignment which will be a critical evaluation / comparison of the research base of either two theories of career choice, or two guidance models (4000 words). Through the year students will receive formative feedback from peers and tutors on seminar logs

b. Additional formative assessment – detail of process and rationale
• Seminar logs reviewing research papers evaluating theories of career choice and development
• Evaluating the use of online career guidance materials

c. Indication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning

Peer feedback on formative activities in class. Tutor written feedback on summative assignment.


INDICATIVE READING LIST OR OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES

All items are available in the University Libraries.

Core/essential Books
Sharf, R. S. (2009) Applying Career Development Theory to Counseling: 5th edn Pacific Grove: Brooks / Cole

Recommended books/Journal Articles

Athanasou, J.A. & Van Esbroeck, R. (Eds.) (2008) International Handbook of Career Guidance. Springer & Business Media B.V.
Bayne, R. (1997) The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes Publishers
Bereznicki, Cathy (1997) Perspectives on Career Planning. Occasional Papers in Careers Guidance No.1
Beven, P. (2008) Approaches to Professional Development Planning Edinburgh: literature training available at: http://www.nawe.co.uk/Private/31174/Live/Approaches%20to%20PDP.pdf
Beail, N. (1985) Repertory Grid Technique and Personal Constructs Croom Helm
Bimrose, J. (2009) Careers guidance, identity and development. Available at:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/publications/2009/ch4_bimrosejenny_carreersguidance20090116.pdf
Cochran, L. (1997) Career Counseling A Narrative Approach. London: Sage Publications
Coogan, P. A. & Chen, C. P. (2007) ‘Career development and counselling for women: Connecting theories to practice’, Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 20 (2), pp. 191-204
Dryden, W. (2004) Rational - Emotive Behavioural Counselling in Action 3rd edn London: Sage Publications
Egan, G. (2007) The Skilled Helper. 8th edn Pacific Grove: Brooks Cole
Ferrari, L. Nota, L. And Soresi, S . (2010) ‘Time perspective and indecision in young and older adolescents’, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 38 (1), pp. 61-82
Gottfredson, G.D. (1999) ‘John L. Holland’s contributions to vocational psychology: a review and evaluation’, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 55:1
Hakim, C. (2007) ‘Women, Careers and work –life preferences’, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling 34 (3), pp. 279-294
Hodkinson, P. Sparkes, A.C. (1997) Careership: A Sociological Theory of Career Decision Making British Journal of Sociology of Education Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 29-44
Jayasinghe, M. (2001) Counselling in Careers Guidance Maidenhead: Open University Press
Kennedy, D.A. Kennedy, R, B. (2004) Using Myers Briggs type Indicator in career counselling Journal of Employment Counseling , Vol. 41
Kidd, J. M. (2006) Understanding Career Counselling London: Sage publications
Krumboltz, JD. (2009) ‘The Happenstance Learning Theory’, Journal of Career Assessment, 17(2), pp.135-154
LaPointe, K. (2010) ‘Narrating career, positioning identity: Career identity as a narrative practice’, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 77 (1)
McCash, P (2006) ‘We're all career researchers now: breaking open career education and DOTS’, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, (34) 4, pp. 429-449
McMahon, M. And Watson, M. (eds.) (2011) Career Counselling and Constructivism New York; Nova Science
Nathan R. & Hill L. (2006) Career Counselling 2nd edn. London: Sage Publications
Neenan, M. and Dryden, W. (2002) Life Coaching. Hove: Brunner Routledge
Passmore, J., Holloway, M. and Rawle-Cope, M. (2010) ‘Using MBTI type to explore
differences and the implications for practice for therapists and coaches: Are executive coaches really like counsellors?’ Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 23 (1), pp. 1 — 16
Reid, H. L. & Fielding, A. (2007) Providing Support to Young People. Abingdon: Routledge
Roberts, K. (2009) ‘Opportunity structures then and now’, Journal of Education and Work, 22 (5), pp. 355-368
Roberts, K. et al (2000) Career Guidance: Constructing the Future, Stourbridge: Institute of Career Guidance
Sheward, S. and Branch, R. (2012) Motivational Career Counselling and Coaching, London: Sage
Trotter C. (2006) Working with Involuntary Clients. 2nd edn. London: Sage Publications
Usinger, J. and Smith, M. (2010) ‘Career development in the context of self-construction during adolescence’, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, 76 (3)
Watts, A. G.(2010) ‘National all-age career guidance services: evidence and issues’, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 38 (1), pp.31 — 44
Watts, A.G. (2001) ‘Donald Super’s influence in the United Kingdom’, International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance
Watts, A.G. & Kidd, J.M. (2000) ‘Guidance in the United Kingdom: Past, present and future’, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 28(4), pp.485-502
Zunker, V. G., (2006) Career Counseling: a holistic approach. 7th edn. Pacific Grove: Brooks / Cole

Journal titles and Newspapers titles

British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance
Journal of Vocational Behavior
Journal of Workplace Learning

Databases and Websites

International Centre for Guidance Studies:
http://www.derby.ac.uk/icegs

National Guidance Research Forum:
http://www.guidance-research.org/

CEGNET:
http://www.cegnet.co.uk/

OUTLINE SYLLABUS

Theories of Careers Choice and Development:
• Psychological theories of career choice
• Sociological theories of career choice
• Multi-disciplinary perspectives
• Social learning and career development
• Decision models
• Constructivist and narrative perspectives

Guidance Theory and Practice:
• Individual matching models
• Use of psychometric testing and computer based guidance
• The role of the internet in guidance
• Client Centred approaches
• Constructivist approaches

AIMS OF MODULE
This module aims to introduce and explore theories of career choice and development, and guidance models of help. Students are encouraged to reflect upon the relevance of various theoretical orientations to their own career development to date and to their plans for the future.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this module student will be able to:
• Critically assess the implications of the range of theoretical perspectives, concepts and issues relating to careers choice.
• Identify and evaluate the use and potential use of a variety of guidance models.
• Evaluate this knowledge and understanding of career theory to his/her own career history and possible future development


PREREQUISITES
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COREQUISITES
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DISTANCE LEARNING DELIVERY
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LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGY

Students will experience a range of learning and teaching strategies through the module, including group activities, and experiential learning
Students will be involved with in class exercises, with peer group interviews concerning personal career journeys linked to underpinning theories of career choice and development.


ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK STRATEGY

A key purpose of our assessment strategy at level 6 is to foster students who are confident in undertaking independent study. In this module students are encouraged to develop insights into a range of multi- disciplinary explanations of the development of career choice as well as offering the students the opportunity to reflect upon their own career development to date and consider future options. This will be achieved by a thorough investigation of the research literature underpinning through seminar discussions, peer interviews. Developing the researching skills required for this module will also support students in other level 6 study such as the dissertation.

Building on Assessment for Learning principles, assessment for this module aims to develop the student’s confidence and ability in reflecting on their own progress, and knowledge of the subject area.

a Summative assessment and rationale for tasks

Written assignment: A critical evaluation / comparison of the research base of Either two theories of career choice, or guidance models (4000 words).

b. Additional formative assessment – detail of process and rationale
• Seminar logs on research papers evaluating theories of career choice and development
• Individual interviews with peers concerning theories of career choice
• Evaluation of online career guidance materials

c. Indication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning

Peer feedback on formative seminar activities and interview findings. Tutor written feedback on summative assignment.


IMPLICATIONS FOR CHOICE
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