Staff Profiles


Dr Barbara Bassot

Senior Lecturer

School: Faculty of Education Undergraduate Programmes

Campus: Medway

Tel: 01227 927079

Profile summary

Barbara is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Career and Personal Development at the Medway Campus of the University.  Prior to working for the University, Barbara worked for the College of Guidance Studies in Swanley, Kent.  Barbara is a qualified Careers Adviser and practised for eleven years in schools and FE Colleges before moving into teaching.  Barbara has a Doctorate in Education and is interested in social constructivist approaches, in particular the work of Vygotsky, and its application to career guidance theory and practice.  She is also interested in critically reflective practice.  She teaches on a range of programmes and specialises in teaching critical reflection and career guidance.

Research and knowledge exchange

Barbara has been involved in the Erasmus NICE (Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe) where she researched the possible application of the Career Thinking model to career guidance and counselling practice.  Barbara supervises students working at PhD level.

Teaching and subject expertise

Barbara specialises in teaching critically reflective practice on a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  She is Course Leader for the University Certificate in Understanding Careers Education and Guidance  (blended learning). Barbara is a member of the Career Development Institute.

External activities

Barbara regularly presents at national and international conferences.  In 2010 she presented the Career Learning and Development Bridge Model at the IAEVG Symposium in San Francisco.  Also in 2010 she delivered a workshop on critical reflective practice at the IAEVG conference in Bangalore, the first career guidance conference to be held in India.  In 2014 Barbara gave a presentation on her recent research into the Career Thinking Session (CTS) model at the ICAP conference in Paris.  She also gave a keynote presentation on this to a large group of Danish career gudiance practitioners in May 2014.

Publications and research outputs

Most recent publications

Barnes, A., Bassot, B. and Chant, A. (2011) An Introduction to Career Learning and Development 11-19: Perspectives, Practice and Possibilities, London: Taylor and Francis.

Bassot, B. (2013) The Reflective Journal, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bassot, B. (2013) 'Enabling culturally sensitive career counselling through critically reflective practice: the role of reflective diaries in personal and professional development' in Arulmani, G., Anuradha, J.B., Leong, F.T.L. and Watts, A.G. (eds.) New York: Springer.

Bassot, B. (2012) ‘Career development through participation: Insights from Vygotsky’ in McIlveen, P. and Schultheiss, D.E. (eds) Social Constructionism in Vocational Psychology and Career Development, Sense add place.

Bassot, B. (2012) ‘Career learning and development: a social constructivist model for the twenty-first century’, International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance, 12(1) 31-42.

Bassot, B. (2012) ‘Upholding equality and social justice: a social constructivist perspective for emancipatory career guidance practice’, Australian Journal of Career Development, 21(2) 3-13.

Bassot, B. (2012) 'Career development through participation: insights from Vygotsky' in McIlveen, P. and Schultheiss, D.E. (eds.) Social Constructionism in Vocational Psychology and Career Development, Sense: Rotterdam, pp.77-86.

Bassot, B., Barnes, A. and Chant, A. (2014) A Practical Guide to Career Learning and Development, Abingdon: Routledge.

Reid, H.L. and Bassot, B. (2011) ‘Reflection: a transitional space for career development’ in McMahon, M. and Watson, M. (eds.) Career Counselling and Constructivism: Foundational Constructs, New York: Nova Science.


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