Career Development and Social Justice

Topics covered include:

  • Socially fair employability;
  • Democratic approaches to career education;
  • Social justice needs of different types of clients;

  • Social justice competencies for career practitioners;
  • and more.


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Career Development and Social Justice

Literature Search (Updated November 2014)


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Date of publication: November 2014


Publisher: CERIC

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Retired Director of Student Services, University of Toronto.

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