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Using practice theory to investigate professional engineers' workplace learning

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posted on 01.01.2012, 00:00 authored by D Rooney, David BoudDavid Boud, A Reich, T Fitzgerald, K Willey, A Gardner
This paper reports on the first phase of an Australian inter-disciplinary partnership study concerned with professional learning of experienced engineers. It is a theoretically motivated, qualitative paper that aims to produce detailed descriptions of professional learning that arise within professional engineering work. The paper uses practice theory to conceptualise professional learning. By using 'practices' as the units of analysis, professional learning is understood as an integral part of everyday work practices that is embodied, relational and material rather than an individual attribute. The paper concludes by suggesting that practice theory may provide organisations with an alternative perspective of workplace learning, inviting them to reconsider how professional learning is acknowledged, rewarded and fostered in organisations. © 2012 IEEE.

History

Event

Frontiers in Education. Conference (2012 : Seattle, Washington)

Pagination

1 - 6

Publisher

IEEE

Location

Seattle, Washington

Place of publication

Piscataway, N.J.

Start date

03/10/2012

End date

06/10/2012

ISSN

1539-4565

ISBN-13

9781467313513

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2012, IEEE

Editor/Contributor(s)

[Unknown]

Title of proceedings

FIE 2012 : Soaring to New Heights in Engineering Education : Proceedings of the 2012 Frontiers in Education Conference