This book is founded on the idea that ‘becoming’ is the most useful defining concept for a new ‘professional’ class whose members understand that development in their working lives is an open-ended, lifelong process of refinement and learning.In a world where being a ‘professional’ is an increasingly indistinct notion and where better education and technology are challenging ‘professional’ norms, it is imperative that we no longer think in terms of an exclusive, ‘Anglo-American’, knowledge-rich class of workers. Exploring the implications of this insight for professions including nursing, teaching, social work, engineering and the clergy, this volume aims to encourage informed debate on what it means to be a ‘professional’ in this globalised 21st century.The book argues that ‘becoming’ a professional is a lifelong process in which individual professional identities are constructed through formal education, workplace interactions and popular culture. The book advocates the ‘ongoingness’ of developing a professional self throughout one’s professional life. What emerges is a concept of becoming a professional different from the isolated, rugged, individualistic approach to traditional professional practice as represented in popular culture. It is a book for the reflective professional.
Posits ‘becoming’ as a theory of emergent, iterative professional identity formation
Defines ‘becoming’ as a metaphor for learning
Advocates an interdisciplinary, international approach to ‘becoming’
Positions ‘becoming’ within an extensive, multidisciplinary review of the literature
Explores ‘becoming’ in today’s globalised world where professional status is consistently challenged
Examines the role of popular culture in forming professional identity as well as societal expectations of professionals
In a world where being a ‘professional’ is an increasingly indistinct notion under siege from scholars and educated laypeople, this interdisciplinary volume advocates the metaphor of ‘becoming’ as an lifelong process of forming one’s professional identity.
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