Educators in the professions have always had unique demands
placed upon them. These include the need to keep pace with rapidly
evolving knowledge bases, developing skills and attitudes
appropriate to practice, learning in the workplace and fostering
For twenty years, these new demands have created additional
educational imperatives. Public accountability has become more
intensive and extensive. Practitioners practice in climates more
subject to scrutiny and less forgiving of error. The contexts in
which professionals practice and learn have changed and these
changes involve global issues and problems. Often, professionals
are the first responders who are required to take an active stance
in defining and solving problems.
This book explores the pedagogic implications of these
challenges internationally for a wide range of professions which
include: accountants, military company commanders, surgeons, nurse
practitioners, academic, managers, community physicians and
dentists. The established view of professional development is about
what the professional knows and can do. The authors broaden this
view to include the systemic and contextual factors that affect
learning, and the conditions necessary for effective practice and
identity development across the professional lifespan.
Authors examine the unique particularities and requirements of
diverse professional groups. The editors emphasize new ideas and
learning that emerges across the professions. As readers use this
book as a pathway to their own innovations in scholarship and
pedagogic research, they join their colleagues in supportingnew
directions in learning, teaching and assessment across
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