Shifting the discourse: mediating professional identities in a professional development community

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Abstract

This paper discusses a professional development programme which facilitated the negotiation of professional identity in a changing field of practice. It describes a pedagogy which drew on ideas of social learning in communities of practice and which was an intentional discursive move to project some discourses and resist others, in a contested space created by hybrid policy discourses. The value of a Virtual Learning Environment as a mediating tool is considered. Finally, some evidence of new professional identities - of practitioners becoming activist professionals - is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducational Journeys and Changing Lives
Subtitle of host publicationAdult Student Experiences. Volume 2
EditorsBarbara Merrill, Jose González Monteagudo
Place of PublicationSeville
PublisherEdición Digital@3
Pages362-371
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9788469315545
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Ackland, A. (2010). Shifting the discourse: mediating professional identities in a professional development community. In B. Merrill, & J. González Monteagudo (Eds.), Educational Journeys and Changing Lives : Adult Student Experiences. Volume 2 (pp. 362-371). Edición Digital@3.