Billett, Stephen, Harteis, Christian, Gruber, Hans (Eds.)
2014, XXI, 1383 p. 100 illus. In 2 volumes, not available separately.
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First comprehensive handbook comprising theoretical and empirical research on professional learning
Reports research on the individual development as well as on the social embedding of practice
Covers diverse areas of professional practice and occupational fields
Focussing on initial as well as ongoing development
Brings together the contributions of key international researchers
The International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning discusses what constitutes professionalism, examines the concepts and practices of professional and practice-based learning, including associated research traditions and educational provisions. It also explores professional learning in institutions of higher and vocational education as well the practice settings where professionals work and learn, focusing on both initial and ongoing development and how that learning is assessed. The Handbook features research from expert contributors in education, studies of the professions, and accounts of research methodologies from a range of informing disciplines. It is organized in two parts. The first part sets out conceptions of professionalism at work, how professions, work and learning can be understood, and examines the kinds of institutional practices organized for developing occupational capacities. The second part focuses on procedural issues associated with learning for and through professional practice, and how assessment of professional capacities might progress. The key premise of this Handbook is that during both initial and ongoing professional development, individual learning processes are influenced and shaped through their professional environment and practices. Moreover, in turn, the practice and processes of learning through practice are shaped by their development, all of which are required to be understood through a range of research orientations, methods and findings. This Handbook will appeal to academics working in fields of professional practice, including those who are concerned about developing these capacities in their students. In addition, students and research students will also find this Handbook a key reference resource to the field.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Adult learning - Continuing education - Initial preparation - Professional competence - Professional practice - Skill acquisition - Work and learning - dual system - interprofessional learning - para-professional occupations - practice-based learning - professional development - professional education - professional learning - professional occupations - team learning - vocational education - vocational training - workplace learning