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Super's career development theory / Branimir Šverko.

By: Šverko, Branimir.
Material type: ArticleArticleSubject(s): career development, developmental theory, stages of career development, self-concept, life span, Super's theory eng In: Encyclopedia of Career Development str. 789-792Edited by: Greenhaus, J.H.; Callanan, G.A.Summary: This article describes Donald Super's theoretical contributions to understanding people's careers. In his attempts to shape a comprehensive career theory in the 1950s through the mid-1990s, Super complemented the traditional individual-difference approach to vocational guidance with three additional perspectives: (1) developmental perspective focusing on the life course of vocational behavior and stressing continuity in career development ; (2) phenomenological perspective emphasizing the role of self-concept in the development of an individual's career ; and (3) contextual perspective bringing forward the importance of multiple social roles and their interaction across the life-span. It is concluded that, together with his followers, Super has had, and continues to have, a major impact upon career development research and counseling.
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This article describes Donald Super's theoretical contributions to understanding people's careers. In his attempts to shape a comprehensive career theory in the 1950s through the mid-1990s, Super complemented the traditional individual-difference approach to vocational guidance with three additional perspectives: (1) developmental perspective focusing on the life course of vocational behavior and stressing continuity in career development ; (2) phenomenological perspective emphasizing the role of self-concept in the development of an individual's career ; and (3) contextual perspective bringing forward the importance of multiple social roles and their interaction across the life-span. It is concluded that, together with his followers, Super has had, and continues to have, a major impact upon career development research and counseling.

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