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.
|Title of host publication||Educational Journeys and Changing Lives|
|Subtitle of host publication||Adult Student Experiences. Volume 2|
|Editors||Barbara Merrill, Jose González Monteagudo|
|Place of Publication||Seville|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
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.