Distributed and relative nature of professional expertise

Pillay, Hitendra K. & McCrindle, Andrea R. (2005) Distributed and relative nature of professional expertise. Studies in Continuing Education, 27(1), pp. 67-88.

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This exploratory study investigates the distributed nature and complexity of professional expertise by examining the patterns of cognitive processes in novices and experts who are using ultrasound technology to make diagnoses. The study aims to identify and provide an explanation for such patterns in light of the recent debate on the locus of control underpinning human cognition. A distributed model of professional expertise based on the relationships between the four elements of socio-cultural disposition, tools and artefacts, strategies, and domain knowledge, is used to discuss the results. The findings illustrate the complexity of professional expertise, particularly when individuals depend on sophisticated tools to assist their thinking and reasoning.

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ID Code: 1964
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: distributed learning, professional expertise, cognitive processes
DOI: 10.1080/01580370500056497
ISSN: 1470-126X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in: Studies in Continuing Education 27(1):pp. 67-88.
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:16

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