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Preparation for professional work? A meta-analysis of two international research projects on the transition from higher education to work life
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5066-8728
Macquarie University, Sydney.
Macquarie University, Sydney.
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education.
2007 (English)In: 5th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning,2007, Cape Town: University Press , 2007Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

 How do students experience their formal studies in preparation for professional work? This common research interest was the incentive to explore the intersections between two large international research projects that both build on a large number of interviews with students about their conceptions of learning and work in different disciplines and professional areas. Analysis of the Swedish and Australian data sets showed the important interplay between students' individual ideas about learning and future work within their workplace. Through the use of techniques of qualitative meta-analysis, we have linked the results from both projects and constructed a model of significant features of professional learning. In this paper, we apply the model to one case study from each of the research projects, and in turn use these case studies to illuminate the model. The model shows how students may be inclined towards the development of professional identities and engagement with their studies and profession, depending on the relationships between the students- perceptions of learning for work and their views of professional knowledge. We suggest that the model can be used to investigate the nature of professionally oriented knowledge, but also as a means to analyse the impact of higher education, curriculum planning and teaching for professional formation.  

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Cape Town: University Press , 2007.
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higher education, working life, transition, qualitative analysis, meta-analysis, Professional Entity, Journeymen
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-39165Local ID: 47026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-39165DiVA: diva2:260014
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Proceedings ännu inte trycktAvailable from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-09-03

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