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Career Research in Flux: To a Better Future Based on Lessons Learned from the Past and the Present
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Sport Health and Physical activity.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6198-0784
2013 (English)In: Abstracts of the ISSP 13th World Congress of Sport Psychology: July 21-26, 2013, Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China, Beijing, 2013, 58-58 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During the last decade several attempts were undertaken to overview and structure the career development and transition topic in sport psychology. For example, several conceptual and methodological shifts were traced in a meta-review of the topic (Stambulova, 2012), and major scientific (cultural) traditions in career research and assistance (North American, Australian, West European and East European) were identified in the relevant ISSP Position Stand paper (Stambulova, Alfermann, Statler, & Côté, 2009). Within the ISSP new project, that is “Athletes’ careers across cultures” book (Stambulova & Ryba (eds.), 2013), contributors have reviewed the career development contexts, career research and career assistance in 19 countries around the world. The book well illuminated not only complexity and diversity of athletes’ careers in different socio-cultural contexts but also limitations of existing career research (e.g., predominance of the positivist and post-positivist epistemological paradigms, adopting theoretical frameworks from dominant discourses without a critical analysis of their fit to the relevant culture/context, lack of longitudinal and intervention studies, and others). This presentation will focus on lessons learned from analyzing the international research presented in the book proceeding from limitations of the past and current research to the future challenges relevant to more diverse but better contextualized and positioned research projects. A need to use various research methodologies producing complementary knowledge to reflect complexity and diversity of athletes’ careers around the world will be emphasized. Another emphasis will be on the message that better future for the topic is relevant not only to an increase in methodological diversity but also to an increase in methodological and cultural congruence of career projects as it is articulated, for example, in the new paradigm termed cultural praxis of athletes’ careers (Stambulova & Ryba, 2013). According to the cultural praxis of athletes’ careers approach a career relevant project should be well positioned: (a) in socio-cultural context(s) involved, (b) within a scientific discipline (e.g., sport psychology) or in the inter/trans-disciplinary space to match the research problem, (c) in terms of theoretical and methodological approaches used in the research program, (d) in regard of existing applied discourses in sport psychology and beyond. Besides, the research group members are expected to reflect upon their cultural, professional, athletic and living backgrounds as factors permeating and influencing the research planning, actual process and interpretation of results.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Beijing, 2013. 58-58 p.
Keyword [en]
career research, limitations, future challenges, projects’ positioning
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-21724OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-21724DiVA: diva2:614966
Conference
The ISSP 13th World Congress of Sport Psychology, Beijing, China, July 21-26, 2013
Available from: 2013-04-08 Created: 2013-04-08 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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