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The local and the global in career guidance theory: postcolonial perspectives
This presentation draws on the fund of regional and international knowledge about career guidance that comparative research has generated in contexts that can be referred to as ‘non-Western’, or more appropriately as the ‘global South’ or the ‘majority world’.

The goal of the presentation is to add another voice to the challenge to the universalising language that characterises career guidance theory and practice, and to further highlight the serious attention that needs to be given to ‘localisms’ and ‘particularisms’ so that responses that are sensitive to context can emerge.

While several authors make a case for attention to context, few explicitly link epistemological and ontological concerns to the issues of political power. In contrast, what I set to do in my presentation is to argue that inductive theorising is more likely to not only generate relevant and useful knowledge and practices when sensitive and responsive to the specificity of context: it is also more likely to serve the interests of social justice.

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Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, ACT - 19:00
South Australia - 18:30
Queensland - 18:00
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Feb 17, 2022 07:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Ronald Sultana
Professor of Sociology and Comparative Education @University of Malta
Ronald G. Sultana is professor of sociology and comparative education at the University of Malta, where he is founding director of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research. He studied career guidance at the University of Reading (UK), did his PhD on school-to-work transitions in New Zealand, and was Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, where he focused on the relations between education and employment. He has published widely on career education and guidance policies in Europe, and in the Middle East and North Africa region. In June 2020 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Laval University in Quebec in acknowledgement of his “outstanding achievement and influence”.