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ERIC Number: EJ1058278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1382-4996
Learning Processes in the Professional Development of Mental Health Counselors: Knowledge Restructuring and Illness Script Formation
Strasser, Josef; Gruber, Hans
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v20 n2 p515-530 May 2015
An important part of learning processes in the professional development of counselors is the integration of declarative knowledge and professional experience. It was investigated in-how-far mental health counselors at different levels of expertise (experts, intermediates, novices) differ in their availability of experience-based knowledge structures. Participants were prompted with 20 client problems. They had to explain those problems, the explanations were analyzed using think-aloud protocols. The results show that experts' knowledge is organized in script-like structures that integrate declarative knowledge and professional experience and help experts in accessing relevant information about cases. Novices revealed less integrated knowledge structures. It is concluded that knowledge restructuring and illness script formation are crucial parts of the professional learning of counselors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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