Call for papers: Career Education and Guidance and Social Justice (NICEC Journal)

The April 2016 issue of the NICEC Journal will focus on the relationship between career education and guidance and social justice.

The way in which individuals pursue their careers is profoundly influenced by their background and socio-economic environment. Putting it simply “life isn’t fair” and our careers reflect this. So how do interventions which seek to support people to develop their careers address and respond to this unfairness?

Career education and guidance is frequently advanced as a “social good” which contributes to both social inclusion and social mobility. However a question remains open as to whether career development can support the growth of social justice. Is career development able to contribute to the emergence of a more fair society? Alternatively, do career education and guidance services help to justify and entrench the unfairness by creating a narrative through which individual solutions to social problems are stressed?

The relationship between career education and guidance and social justice is likely to be complex with interventions potentially challenging and reinforcing the social order at the same time. If so how can professionals respond to these challenges and navigate their way around them whilst maintaining some integrity?

It is to these questions that the April 2016 issue of the NICEC Journal is addressed.

This issue of the NICEC journal will focus on social justice. Papers might discuss:

  • The politics of career education and guidance.
  • The intersection of career education and guidance with critical traditions (such as Marxism, feminism and Green theories).
  • Evidence about the social and political impacts of career education and guidance.
  • Theoretically informed case studies of practice that exemplify a social justice perspective.

Or other related topics.

Enquiries and proposals for inclusion should be made by email to Tristram Hooley (t.hooley@derby.ac.uk) and Ronald Sultana (ronald.sultana@um.edu.mt) who are guest editors of this issue. Proposals should be set out in as a short summary of the article (c.300 words).

Informal expressions of interest 30th September 2015
Full draft articles 30th December 2015
Final articles 31st January 2016

 

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