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Argenti, J. (1993) Your Organization: What is it for? Maidenhead, Berkshire: McGraw-Hill. (not an introductory book on management, but an eye-opening scathing criticism of modern management practice with some positive suggestions - if planning to manage anything, read this)


Arnold, J., Robertson, I.T. and Cooper, C. L. (1991) Work Psychology: Understanding human behaviour in the workplace, London: Pitman. (Good readable overall view)


Arthur, M.B., Hall, D.T. and Lawrence, B.S. (eds.) (1989) Handbook of Career Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(comprehensive, but very 'academic')


Ashton, D. and Lowe, G. (1991) Making Their Way - Education, Training and the Labour Market in Canada and Britain. Buckingham: Open University Press. (comparative studies)


Barrow, R. R. R. and Woods, R. (1975) An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education. London: Methuen. (useful in disentangling issues of what is education and what should it do)


Bartol, K.M. and Martin, D.C. (1994) Management. London: McGraw-Hill. (useful introductory survey - comprehensive)


Bates, I., Clarke, J., Cohen, P., Finn, D., Moore, R. and Willis, P. (1984) Schooling for the Dole? The New Vocationalism. London: Macmillan.


Berne, E. (1964) Games People Play. London: Penguin.

(transactional analysis approach to thinking about others and yourself - one way of looking at self-development)


Berne, E. (1974) What Do You Say After You Say Hello? London: Corgi. (see above)


Brammer, L. M. and MacDonald, G. (1996) The Helping Relationship: Process and Skills. London: Allyn & Bacon.


DES (1981) Schools and Working Life: Some Initiatives. London: HMSO.


Douglas, T. (1978) Basic Groupwork. London: Tavistock.




Dryden, W. & Watts, A.G. (1993) Guidance & Counselling in Britain: a 20-year perspective. Cambridge: CRAC.

(contains many useful articles, including Roberts' caustic analysis of influences on young people's lives - recommended)



Egan, G. (1998) The Skilled Helper (6th. edn.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. (any edition of this book would do: note in particular his 3 stages of intervention - various professionals have different versions of contracting, exploring and concluding; also examine Egan's use of counselling skills - recommended).


Frost, D., Edwards, A. and Reynolds, H. (eds) (1995) Careers Education and Guidance. London: Kogan Page.


Hall, D. T. and Associates (1986) Career Development in Organizations. London: Jossey-Bass. (primarily for the organisational or outplacement consultant)


Handy, C. (1985) Understanding Organizations. London: Penguin.

(perhaps oversimplified, but probably the widest used introductions to management - readable)


Hannagan, T.J. (1992) Marketing for the Non-profit sector. London: Macmillan.


Hargreaves, D.H. and Hopkins, D. (1991) The Empowered School. London: Cassell Educational.


Hutton, W. (1995) The State We're In. London: Vintage.

(classic attack on Thatcherite political economy)


Jones, K. (1983) Beyond Progressive Education. London: MacMillan. (examines the swings in educational trends)


Klein, J. (1963) Working with Groups. London: Hutchinson.


Kolb, D.A. (1984) Experiential Learning Experience as a Source of Learning and Development. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall. (influential training theorist)


Masson, J. (1992) Against Therapy. London: Harper-Collins.

(the antidote to that helping feeling: an at times frightening attack on the practice of psychotherapy - readable)


Morris, M. and Stoney, S. (1996) An Evaluation of the Performance of Pathfinder Careers Services. NFER.


Murdock, A. and Scutt, C. (1993) Personal Effectiveness. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann. (useful for self-analysis and development methods)


Nathan, R. and Hill, L. (1992) Career Counselling. London:SAGE. (probably the best overall specialist book on practising adult guidance - see also Yost and Corbishley)


Nelson-Jones, R. (1993) Practical Counselling and Helping Skills: How to Use the Lifeskills Helping Model. London: Cassell.


Osipow, S.H. (1973) Theories of Career Development. East Norwalk, Conn.: Appleton-Century-Crofts. (quite comprehensive)


Rees, T. (1992) Women and the Labour Market. London: Routledge.


Reynolds, M. (1994) Groupwork in Education and Training: ideas in practice. London: Kogan Page.


Rodger, A. (1952) The Seven Point Plan. London: National Institute of Industrial Psychology. (traditional approach)


Rogers, C. (1961) On Becoming a Person. London: Constable.

(famous humanist theorist; inspired use of counselling skills, although extension to a theory of personality is controversial)


Schein, E.H. (1978) Career Dynamics: Matching Individual And Organizational Needs. London: Addison-Wesley. (important theorist, particularly for adult vocational development)


Seligman, L. (1994) Developmental Career Counselling & Assessment. London: Sage.


Walsh, W.B. and Osipow, S.H. (eds.) (1983) Handbook of Vocational Psychology. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.


Walsh, W.B. & Osipow, S.H. (eds.) (1990) Career Counselling: Contemporary Topics in Vocational Psychology. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Erlbaum. (contains many useful articles)


Warr, P.B. (ed.)(1987) Psychology at Work (3rd. edition). Harmondsworth: Penguin. (useful articles about such subjects as the efficacy of interviews, the effects of unemployment, etc.)


Watson, A., Stuart, N. and Lucas, D. (1995) Impact of New Management Arrangements in Pathfinder Careers Services. Department of Education and Employment.


Watts, A.G., Law, B., Killeen, J, Kidd, J.M. and Hawthorn, R. (1996) Rethinking careers education and guidance. London: Routledge. (comprehensive; recommended)


Whittington, R. (1993) What is Strategy and does it matter? London: International Thomson Business Press.


Yost, E.B. & Corbishley, M.A. (1987) Career Counseling: A Psychological Approach. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (alternative to Nathan and Hill for adult guidance)




A selective read is suggested, particularly aimed at your particular gaps in knowledge, current work environment and other individual needs. Consult with your tutor/assessor and consider borrowing from college or public libraries, as most of these books are expensive.





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