Re-thinking continuing professional development through changing metaphors and location in professional practices

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Studies in Continuing Education, 2012, 34 (1), pp. 17 - 30
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Many professions have requirements for professional development activities to ensure continuing registration or membership. These commonly focus on participation in a limited range of activities. This paper questions the assumptions behind such approaches and what alternatives might be considered. It explores the suitability of metaphors used for continuing professional education and suggests that continuing professional development might be better conceptualised within practice theory. It identifies what a practice theory view of continuing professional development might involve and discusses the implications, particularly the notion of locating development within the practices of work. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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