A critique of the Capability Approach’s potential for application to career guidance

Valerie Egdell*, Peter J. Robertson

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Abstract

In this article we provide a balanced critique of Sen’s Capability Approach (CA) with reference to its potential to inform career guidance theory and practice. There are varying understandings and interpretations of the CA. Some see capabilities as universal, whilst others favour a more relativist view. The CA is also vulnerable to misunderstanding. Critiques based on misunderstanding are easily dismissed, so our focus is on substantive conceptual and practical critiques. Three main challenges are explored: conceptual debates about the nature of freedom and justice; limitations arising from the disciplinary origins of the CA; and challenges in operationalising the CA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-463
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date16 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

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