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ERIC Number: EJ974095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0266-0830
Seeing and Be(liev)ing: How Nursing and Medical Students Understand Representations of Their Professions
Jubas, Kaela; Knutson, Patricia
Studies in the Education of Adults, v44 n1 p85-100 Spr 2012
This article discusses initial findings from a study exploring the pedagogical functions of popular culture. The study was framed by a neo-Gramscian theoretical framework which connects adult education and cultural studies, and asserts that culture underpins important informal adult learning. We used two television shows, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scrubs," to examine cultural portrayals of and messages about work-related learning, specifically with regard to health care professions. Our own analysis of these shows was followed by conversations with undergraduate medical and nursing students in three Canadian centres: Vancouver/Victoria, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; and Toronto, Ontario. In this paper, we discuss the central learning-related themes which guided the study and are emerging in interesting ways in our analysis. These themes are identity, ethics and pedagogy/learning. We close by outlining the implications and contributions of this inquiry to the field of adult education. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Calgary); Canada (Toronto); Canada (Vancouver); Canada (Victoria)