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Where did the cycle begin?: origins of action planning and their influence on practice

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The origins of action planning and action plans are explored and the possible influence of different antecedents on practice is considered. The perceptions of those involved in developing, managing and implementing action planning are discussed. Analysis indicates a lack of clarity concerning the origins of the process and a tendency to view it as a recent common-sense’ development. As a result, tensions arising from the influence of contrasting models appear to remain unrecognised, and the training needs of helpers, particularly in relation to the acquisition of guidance skills, are underestimated.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Careers Service West, 4 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST, UK

Publication date: October 1, 1995

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