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Living systems theory of vocational behavior and development

Author: Fred W Vondracek; Donald H Ford; Erik J Porfeli
Publisher: Rotterdam : Sense, [2014] ©2014
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The Living Systems Theory of Vocational Behavior and Development (LSVD) explains and illustrates the processes by which individuals construct their work experiences, vocational pathways and career patterns through episodes of interaction with affordances they recognize within their contexts, and how counseling can facilitate those processes. The LSVD was created by combining the scientifically based systems theory  Read more...
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Vondracek, Fred.
Living systems theory of vocational behavior and development
(OCoLC)880200686
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fred W Vondracek; Donald H Ford; Erik J Porfeli
ISBN: 9789462096622 9462096627
OCLC Number: 881848227
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: ""TABLE OF CONTENTS""; ""PREFACE""; ""LIST OF TABLES""; ""LIST OF FIGURES""; ""CHAPTER 1: THE CASE FOR INTEGRATIVE THEORIZING IN VOCATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT""; ""CURRENT STATUS OF VOCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY""; ""Conceptual and Definitional Issues""; ""HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE EVOLUTION OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT THEORIES""; ""Trends Toward Integrative Theorizing""; ""A STRATEGY FOR CREATING AN INTEGRATIVE THEORETICAL MODEL""; ""Concepts""; ""Processes""; ""Reframing the Task""; ""CHAPTER 2: THEORETICAL FOUNDATION: The Living Systems Framework (LSF)""; ""PERSON PATTERNS AS THE BASIC UNIT"" ""THE LSF PROPOSITIONAL MODEL: PROCESSES PRODUCING INTEGRATED DYNAMIC FUNCTIONING AND CHANGE""""General System Dynamics""; ""Examples of System Dynamics Functioning""; ""HUMANS AS DEVELOPMENTAL SYSTEMS""; ""Four Human Self-Construction Processes""; ""Three Propositions of the Developmental Model concerning how Change Occurs""; ""THE LSF CONCEPTUAL MODEL: PERSON AND CONTEXT COMPONENTS AND PATTERNS""; ""Person Attributes and Patterns""; ""Environment and Context Attributes and Patterns""; ""HUMANS AS SELF-CONSTRUCTING LIVING SYSTEMS"" ""Behavior Episodes (BE): The Basic Unit for Creating and Understanding Developmental Pathways""""Behavior Episode Schema (BES): Using Past Experience to Guide Current Behavior""; ""The Dynamics of Stability, Change and Development in Humans""; ""HOW THINKING, REMEMBERING AND COMMUNICATION WORK""; ""Words are the Servants of Meanings""; ""Memories are Constructions Rather Than Recordings""; ""Where are Memories When They are Not in Use?""; ""Where are Action Patterns When They are Not Being Used?""; ""CHAPTER 3: A LIVING SYSTEMS THEORY OF VOCATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT"" ""THE NATURE AND HISTORY OF VOCATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT""""THE PERSON-IN-CONTEXT AS A HIERARCHICALLY ORGANIZED, INTEGRATED UNIT""; ""THE PERSONAL AND SOCIAL IMPORTANCE OF INDIVIDUALS� VOCATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT""; ""DEVELOPMENT OF VOCATIONAL PATHWAYS""; ""Developing Activity Pathways Through BES Construction from Similar Behavior Episodes""; ""The Role of Motivational Processes in the Development of Vocational Pathways""; ""Non-Motivational Implementation Processes and Vocational Pathway Development"" ""DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL AND REWARDING VOCATIONAL AND CAREER PATHWAYS THROUGH EFFECTIVE PERSON-IN-CONTEXT FUNCTIONING""""Achievement and Competence in the Development of Vocational Pathways""; ""BEHAVIOR EPISODE ACTIVITY PATHWAYS DEVELOP INTO VOCATIONAL PATHWAYS""; ""Sue: How Shared Friendships Can Lead to New Activity Patterns""; ""Owen: Behavior Episode Patterns Must Serve Personal Goals to Develop into Vocational Pathways""; ""Alex: Behavior Episodes in Potential Occupations help shape Vocational Development Decisions""
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The Living Systems Theory of Vocational Behavior and Development (LSVD) explains and illustrates the processes by which individuals construct their work experiences, vocational pathways and career patterns through episodes of interaction with affordances they recognize within their contexts, and how counseling can facilitate those processes. The LSVD was created by combining the scientifically based systems theory that explicates the dynamics of all aspects of human functioning and development, called Humans as Self-Constructing Living Systems, with important ideas about vocational behavior and development. The resulting integrative theory represents the individual person as a dynamic, self-directing and self-constructing entity, i.e., a living system. Behavior Episodes (BEs) are the fundamental, person-in-context, dynamic units of analysis that serve as the building blocks by which individuals construct and retain their experiences in patterns that can be reactivated to facilitate future BEs. The book describes how individuals history of satisfying BEs and their current activities provide the means by which vocational and career counselors can assist them to create satisfying vocational pathways. It also describes for researchers how new, non-linear, person-centered, quantitative and qualitative research methods can be used to analyze BE patterns to advance understanding of person-level processes that play key roles in individuals vocational behavior and development. The LSVD was designed to be not just an integrative framework for the field of career development, but also to reconnect the field to related areas such as human resources and industrial-organizational psychology and to the range of human sciences that have already embraced a living systems theoretical model.

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