Shaping (reflexive) professional identities across an undergraduate degree programme: A longitudinal case study

Ryan, Mary & Carmichael, Mary-Ann (2016) Shaping (reflexive) professional identities across an undergraduate degree programme: A longitudinal case study. Teaching in Higher Education, 21(2), pp. 151-165.

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Abstract

In our complex and incongruous professional worlds, where there is no blueprint for dealing with unpredictable people and events, it is imperative that individuals develop reflexive approaches to professional identity building. Notwithstanding the importance of disciplinary knowledge and skills, higher education has a crucial role to play in guiding students to examine and mediate self in relation to context for effective decision-making and action. This paper reports on a small-scale longitudinal project that investigated the ways in which ten undergraduate students over the course of a three-year Radiation Therapy degree shaped their professional identities. Theories of reflexivity and methods of discourse analysis are utilised to understand the ways in which individuals accounted for their professional identity projects at university. The findings suggest that, across time, the participants negotiated professional ‘becoming’ through four distinct kinds of reflexive modalities. These findings have implications for teaching strategies and curriculum design in undergraduate programs.

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ID Code: 91580
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Professional identities, Reflexivity, Reflexive practice, Reflection in undergraduate programs, Radiation therapy, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2015.1122586
ISSN: 1470-1294
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Radiology and Organ Imaging (110320)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Teaching in Higher Education, 22 December 2015, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13562517.2015.1122586
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2016 00:40
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 02:49

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