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ERIC Number: ED454174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 15
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Power and Professionalism: Reconstruction of Medical Educators' Practice by Way of a MA(Ed).
Elmer, Roger
England's King Alfred's College offers a MA(Ed) professional enquiry for teachers. In 1997, four medical doctors expressed interest in developing educational perspectives. Critical examination of the MA(Ed) indicated close parallels with the work of medical educators. The congruity was in an educational philosophy: people's internal values and experiences of education are central to how they perceive their own actions and those of others, and that by exposing these, educators can develop new perspectives on their practice. This study explored how some medical educators came to appreciate: how their personal theories of education relate to their practice of education in their own professional setting; and how they could critically examine the degree and manner in which their personal theories of education and commensurate practice had changed since their participation in the reconstructed MA(Ed). The five participants appeared to have gained from studying the MA. They believed that it helped them validate their "gut feelings" on what was good and bad about their earlier educational experiences. They valued exposure to a greater understanding of what it meant to be a professional, the nature of professional knowledge, and how professional practice actually changes through discussion with colleagues. (Contains 40 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom