Problematising practice-based education

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Practice-Based Education: Perspectives and Strategies, 2012, 1, pp. 55 - 70
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Practice-based education is establishing itself as a new term in higher education in Australia. It is used not only to encompass those elements of professional education that have traditionally taken place in a practice setting (e.g. in the areas of clinical placement in health and practice teaching in education), but also a dimension of any higher education program that engages students with the practice of whatever students study. The questions to be considered though are: does the adoption of this term signify a new approach, or is it merely a rebadging of longstanding activities within a new discourse? Even if it is only a relatively minor reworking of existing ideas, does it allow the possibility of new kinds of pedagogical and curriculum practices to emerge from a new configuration? Can this shift become the starting point for a more critical approach that brings university courses more fully into the world of professional activity?
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