Special issue: Disciplinary perspectives in career development


  • Peter J. Robertson Edinburgh Napier University
  • Rosie Alexander University of the West of Scotland




Editorial, Interdisciplinarity, Multidisciplinarity


This editorial sets the scene for the special issue, and provides an introduction to thinking about disciplinarity and  interdisciplinarity in the field of career development.   


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