There is a rich literature in 'whole of life' psychology in relation to career.
- The work of Donald Super has been selected as his work encompasses life-span, life-space and self-concept approaches to career and includes an explicitly dynamic aspect via his use of mini-cycles, re-cycling and roles. This online lecture is in two parts. Please now click on the play arrow in the first video below and once viewed move on to the second.
- The lecture is also available in Powerpoint Super's Life-span & Life-space theory (part one)
Super's Self-concept theory (part two)
- Following this, read the journal article by Super (1980) and the summary chapter by Hartung (2013) provided in the core reading.
Super: Part 1
Super: Part 2
Once you have engaged with the core materials, here are some leads for optional further reading:
- Erikson's (1964/1977) eight stages of human development including: industry versus inferiority, identity versus role confusion and ego integrity versus despair.
- D.J. Levinson, Darrow, Klein, M.H. Levinson & McKee's (1977) on The seasons of a man's life and D.J. Levinson & J.D. Levinson's (1996) on The seasons of a woman's life. Levinson et al.'s seminal work focuses on structure-making and structure-breaking periods throughout the life course and the importance of the mid-life transition.
- Sugarman (1986/1990) for an excellent overview of the life course development literature including the work of Super, Erikson, Levinson et al., Gould and Maslow. Available in paperback.