PSYC 300: Theories of Career Development Report a Broken Link

Theories of career development focus on the role of work, both paid and unpaid, in people's lives. Although many aspects of work and working life have changed in the past century, work continues to be of central importance in the North American context. Career is one of the primary ways we make sense of our lives and our work helps to shape our identities. One of the best ways to gain an understanding of career and career development is to examine these topics from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Required Readings


Unit 1


Herr, E. L. (2001). Career development and its practice: A historical perspective. Career Development Quarterly, 49(3), 196–211.

Unit 2


There are no online readings for Unit 2.

Unit 3


Riverin-Simard, D. (1990). Adult vocational trajectory. Career Development Quarterly, 39(2), 129–142.

Unit 4


Mitchell, K. E., Levin, A. S., & Krumboltz, J. D. (1999). Planned happenstance: Constructing unexpected career opportunities. Journal of Counseling & Development, 77(2), 115–124.
Gelatt, H. B. (1989). Positive uncertainty: A new decision-making framework for counseling. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 36(2), 252–256.
Lips-Wiersma, M. (2002). The influence of spiritual "meaning making" on career behavior. The Journal of Management Development, 21(7), 497–520.

Unit 5


Peavy, R. V. (1998). Chapter 5: Entering the life-space and Chapter 6: Life-space exploration and description. In SocioDynamic counselling: A constructivist perspective (pp. 75-96). Victoria, BC: Trafford.

Unit 6


Storey, J. A. (2000). "Fracture lines" in the career environment. In A. Collin & R. A. Young (Eds.), The future of career (pp. 21-36). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.

Unit 7


Amundson, N. (2002). An active engagement counseling approach. In S. Niles (Ed.), Adult career development: Theory, concepts and models (3rd ed.) (pp. 139-156). Tulsa, OK: National Career Development Association.

Unit 8


Drapela, V. J. (1990). The value of theories for counseling practitioners. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling 13, 19-26.