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ERIC Number: EJ1023250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Making "Professionalism" Meaningful to Students in Higher Education
Wilson, Anna; Ã…kerlind, Gerlese; Walsh, Barbara; Stevens, Bruce; Turner, Bethany; Shield, Alison
Studies in Higher Education, v38 n8 p1222-1238 2013
With rising vocational expectations of higher education, universities are increasingly promoting themselves as preparing students for future professional lives. This makes it timely to ask what makes professionalism meaningful to students. In addressing this question, we first identify aspects of professionalism that might represent appropriate aspirations for higher education, in particular the development of professionalism as a transformational rather than acquisitional process. We then report on an empirical study aimed at examining current students' understandings of professionalism, and identifying what they commonly notice "and" do not notice about professionalism. Finally, we give examples of curriculum interventions designed by subject convenors in response to these findings.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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