Perspectives on practical experiences in professional education : an editorial and introduction

Millwater, Jan (2011) Perspectives on practical experiences in professional education : an editorial and introduction. In Millwater, Jan, Ehrich, Lisa C., & Beutel, Denise A. (Eds.) Practical Experiences in Professional Education : A Transdisciplinary Approach. Post Pressed, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 13-36.

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How important are the practical experiences through which our neophyte professionals are prepared for the real world of work? P. E. P. E. (Practical Experiences in Professional Education) Inc has generated this book with, not only, the aim of disseminating knowledge through networks within the professional silos of distinctive disciplines but to generate a space and platform for generic concepts and practices that can be examined and incorporated across many disciplines.

Mentoring, ethics and transitioning into the profession are explored in the book but each chapter illustrates how PEPE Inc has within its community a culture of engagement, experimentation and deep thinking that connects all aspects of learning in the field. Ken Zeichner’s research clearly shows that field experiences are important occasions for professional learning rather than merely times for pre-service candidates to demonstrate or apply things previously learned. Susan Groundwater-Smith acknowledges PEPE Inc on being a leader in supporting the evolution of a developmental practicum curriculum in the initial education of professionals, mainly in the field of education, but also with respect to the preparation of health and allied professionals, those preparing to become social workers and even in professional practices such as engineering and architecture.

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ID Code: 46569
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: HERN
ISBN: 9781921214851
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 24 Oct 2011 21:49
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 05:00

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