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ERIC Number: EJ797604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Moving towards a Model of Professional Identity Formation in Midwifery through Conversations and Positioning Theory
Phillips, Diane J.; Hayes, Barbara
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v46 n2 p224-242 Jul 2006
The disciplines of nursing and midwifery both uphold a powerful oral tradition that can impact upon student learning. Students enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery are supervised and assessed by midwives during their placements in midwifery practice settings by a program of "preceptorship" support and where conversations are innate. Positioning theory, developed by Harre and others, is a metaphorical concept in which an individual "positions" herself/himself within entities of encompassing people, institutions and societies where conversations are conducted either privately or publicly. As construction sites of professional learning, conversations are underpinned by reflective practices. In unraveling conversations, positioning may be applied as an analytical tool by educators to interpret the emerging meanings and themes in their discussions with students, reflective journals by students and in meetings with preceptors/midwives. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia