ERIC Number: EJ978563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
The Route in to the Academy: The Liminal State of the Nursing and Construction Professions?
Mckendry, Stephanie; McKay, Gayle; Boyd, Vic; Andrew, Nicola
Teaching in Higher Education, v17 n2 p181-192 2012
Nursing and the construction industry arguably enjoy uneasy membership of the academy. As both move closer towards university-based learning, debates remain about where discipline-specific training should best be provided and the importance of softer, graduate skills for the professions. This paper contextualises that debate by describing both professions route into the academy and the similarities and differences in that historical journey and their present position. What emerges is a complex picture of negotiation and shifting priorities that can present challenges for students as well as teaching staff. Whilst students may be vocationally orientated, the need for generic, critical attributes has increased. A model of academic skills provision has been developed at one university in order to accommodate these potentially conflicting priorities. The devolved, embedded approach allows for the creation of support tailored to specific cohorts and aligned to professional identity and language and, thus far, has proven successful in engaging students.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Construction Industry, Nursing, Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Change, Higher Education, Academic Degrees
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom