Using practice theory to investigate professional engineers workplace learning

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IEEE
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
2012 Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings - Soaring to New Heights in Engineering Education, 2012, pp. 1031 - 1036
Issue Date:
2012-01
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This paper reports on the first phase of an Australian inter-disciplinary partnership study concerned with professional learning of experienced engineers. It is a theoretically motivated, qualitative paper that aims to produce detailed descriptions of professional learning that arise within professional engineering work. The paper uses practice theory to conceptualise professional learning. By using âpracticesâ as the units of analysis, professional learning is understood as an integral part of everyday work practices that is embodied, relational and material rather than an individual attribute. The paper concludes by suggesting that practice theory may provide organisations with an alternative perspective of workplace learning, inviting them to reconsider how professional learning is acknowledged, rewarded and fostered in organisations.
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