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‘Another square in the quilt: Changing the discourse of women's work’

4 July 2016


Magill Campus

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Presented by The Centre for Research in Education (CREd)

This presentation reviewed research presented in three books, each one focusing on women’s career development. The first was a collection of international studies each focusing on women’s careers, the second was a more theoretical reflection on current career development theory and women’s career development. The final book was a summary of an ARC Discovery study in which Prof Patton was a CI. This study was framed in a dual sociological-psychological perspective on women’s careers and workforce mobility. Prof Patton reflects on pieces of research which work together to help build a picture of this field – indeed any field; characterising each one as another square in the formation of a whole.

Professor Wendy Patton is former Executive Dean, Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She served in that role for 9 years from 2006-2015. Prior to this she was a Head of School in the Faculty for 6years(2000-2006). She has taught and researched in the areas of career development and counselling for 30 years, having initiated and designed the Master of Education program in career development. She has co-authored three books (one published as a 3rd edition in 2013), sole editor of one book, and co-editor of nine books, and is currently Series Editor of the Career Development Series with Sense Publishers. She has published widely with more than 150 refereed journal articles and book chapters. She serves on a number of national and international journal editorial boards, including Australian Journal of Career Development, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Career Development Quarterly, and International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance.

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