Beyond Higher ducation: Critical Transformations in Becoming a Professional
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This article focuses on student and novice professional psychologists’ and political scientists’ critical transformations in their transition from higher education to working life. The empirical evidence is derived from a longitudinal study of students’ understanding of learning and work. The findings indicate that the participants’ critical transformations comprise complex and reflective processes involving both an inner reflection and a more overt reflection on the circumstances in which they find themselves. The first component concerns the transformation the participants experience as a development of themselves and how they see that they have changed. The second are the influences the participants have received from the people and communities of practices in which they participate. However, besides the identification of these two orientations, critical transformation is foremost an interplay between these two as a continuous reflected experience that involves both formal and informal learning opportunities.
Higher education, working life, critical transformation, professional formation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16936OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-16936DiVA: diva2:174843