On-Line Environments and the Promotion of Professional Competencies

Thompson, Lester J. (2006) On-Line Environments and the Promotion of Professional Competencies. In Social Change in the 21st Century Conference 2006, 27 October 2006, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane.


Recent pedagogical research argues that alongside the theoretical knowledge and professional skills that are traditional to tertiary education there is need for the development of practice wisdom. As this approach to wisdom is underpinned with Socratic conceptualisations of humility and the capacity to recognise knowledge deficits, the learning environment must facilitate personal confidence, and commitment to personal development. Ideally professional graduands should see themselves as embarking on a course of self efficacious growth, confidence building, and committed reflective development. Previous research implies that graduate confidence is undermined at the time of transition to work and thus activities that contextualise student learning provide added bonuses. Because of this significance of the organizational context to professional efficacy, a tertiary teaching/learning environment has been developed which focuses on simulating the organizational context of professionalism. An on-line learning strategy is introduced to expose students to a combination of problem based learning and collaborative learning in simulated organisational contexts. The on-line environment is used as an avenue for recruiting participation in reflective development while the future-professional is still in the tertiary teaching context. This project applies simulated on-line roles that are analogous of the professional roles and responsibilities of human service practice. This informs teaching practice regarding the need for developing expected levels of practice confidence and commitment to wise practice.

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ID Code: 6899
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 1741071291
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Lester J. Thompson
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:27

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