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Julia Whitcavitch-Devoy '90 is among the Boston College authors of an article in the Journal of Career Assessment titled "Qualitative Research in Career Development: Exploring the Center and Margins of Discourse About Careers and Working." The article appears in the November 2005 edition, Volume 13, Number 4.

According to the abstract, "This article explores the contributions of qualitative research to the study of career development and the psychology of working. Epistemological perspectives (logical positivism, postpositivism, and social constructionism) are discussed as they relate to historical context, career theories, and the various methods used within qualitative research. Prevailing qualitative methods within career development and the psychology of working, such as consensual qualitative research, grounded theory, and narrative analysis, are reviewed. The article examines exemplary lines of qualitative research on women's achievements, school-to-work transitions, work and relationships, and the constructions of school and work. Finally, the article concludes with an example of an assessment tool that is derived from research on constructions of work and school."

A government/religious studies major at St. Lawrence, Whitcavitch-Devoy is an instructor of developmental psychology at Boston College's Lynch School of Education. She earned a master of education degree and a master of theological studies degree at Harvard University. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Alumni Association at St. Lawrence, and was a member of Kappa Delta Sigma sorority as a student. Among her many University activities, was participation in St. Lawrence's programs in Vienna, Austria, and Washington, DC

For more information:
The Journal of Career Assessment
Lynch School of Education

Posted: December 7, 2005

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