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"Becoming" a Professional

an Interdisciplinary Analysis of Professional Learning

Scanlon, Lesley (Ed.)

2011, X, 262 p.

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  • Posits ‘becoming’ as a theory of emergent, iterative professional identity formation
  • Defines ‘becoming’ as a metaphor for learning
  • Advocates an interdisciplinary, international approach to ‘becoming’
  • Positions ‘becoming’ within an extensive, multidisciplinary review of the literature
  • Explores ‘becoming’ in today’s globalised world where professional status is consistently challenged
  • Examines the role of popular culture in forming professional identity as well as societal expectations of professionals

‘Becoming’ is used in this interdisciplinary work as an emergent, iterative concept of professional identity formation. The conceptual framework of ‘becoming’, as well as the arguments in the book are intended to encourage professionals—and those engaged in their education—to reflect on what it means to be a ‘professional’ in the twenty-first century, an era dominated by the discourses of globalisation, ‘new mangerialism’, multiculturalism and deprofessionalisation. We live in a world where not only scholars, but also a better educated client base informed by technological innovations, have issued unprecedented challenges to the traditional professional ideal. The once paradigmatic identity of the superiority of the Anglo-American professional, grounded in an exclusive knowledge-base and an altruistic ‘public-service’ principle, are no longer tenable.

The book will generate dialogue about the nature of professionalism through a multidisciplinary lens in chapters on medicine, nursing and teaching and in reference to social work, the clergy and engineering. Here, becoming a professional is a lifelong, extended process that constructs an individual’s professional identity through formal education, workplace interactions and popular culture. It advocates the ‘ongoing’ modality of developing a professional self throughout one’s professional life. What emerges from this work is a concept of becoming a professional that is quite different from the isolated, rugged, individualistic approach to traditional professional practice as represented in popular culture. It is a book for the reflective professional.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » "becoming" - doctors - education - health sciences - identity - lifelong learning - medicine - nurses - nursing - professional doctorates - professional learning - professions - teaching - work-based learning

Related subjects » Higher Education - Professional & Vocational Education

Table of contents 

Editorial by Series Editors; David Aspin and Judith Chapman.- Introduction; Lesley Scanlon.- ‘Becoming’ a Professional ; Lesley Scanlon.- Becoming as an Appropriate Metaphor for Understanding Professional Learning; Paul Hager and Phil Hodkinson.- Learning To Be – At Work; David Beckett.- Higher Education and Becoming a Professional; Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren.- Becoming Authentic Professionals: Learning for Authenticity; Thuy T Vu and Gloria Dall’Alba.- White Coats, Handmaidens and Warrior Chiefs - the Role of Filmic Representations in Becoming a Professional; Lesley Scanlon.- Becoming a Medical Professional; Alan Bleakley.- Professional Practice and Doctoral Education - Becoming a Researcher; Alison Lee.- Becoming a Professional Doctor; Kirsty Foster.- Becoming a Professional Nurse; Jane Davey and Sandie Bredemeyer.- Teacher Professional Becoming - A Practice-based, Actor-network Theory Perspective; Dianne Mulcahy.- And the Conclusion for Now is …?; Lesley Scanlon.- Biographies.- Index.

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