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"Becoming" a Professional

an Interdisciplinary Analysis of Professional Learning

Editors: Scanlon, Lesley (Ed.)

  • 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
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About this book

‘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.

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“This book has effectively brought together a multidisciplinary menu of scholarly work based on a different theoretical perspective, a range of professions and in different contexts of work and study. … this book provides one of the latest additions to an already increasingly well-stocked shelf of publications dealing with professionalism and lifelong learning, particularly from northern perspectives. This book would work well in seminary and graduate school courses on professional development that address issues of professionalism and lifelong learning.” (Norzaini Azman, Higher Education, Vol. 64, 2012)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Scanlon, Lesley

    Pages 1-11

  • ‘Becoming’ a Professional

    Scanlon, Lesley

    Pages 13-32

  • Becoming As an Appropriate Metaphor for Understanding Professional Learning

    Hager, Paul (et al.)

    Pages 33-56

  • Learning to Be – At Work

    Beckett, David

    Pages 57-76

  • Higher Education and Becoming a Professional

    Dahlgren, Madeleine Abrandt

    Pages 77-93

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-1378-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3667-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
"Becoming" a Professional
Book Subtitle
an Interdisciplinary Analysis of Professional Learning
Editors
  • Lesley Scanlon
Series Title
Lifelong Learning Book Series
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1378-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1378-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1377-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3667-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 262
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