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Becoming a professional - a meltingpot of experiences?
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2010 (English)In: The 6th European Reserach Conference. Adult Learning in Europe - understanding diverse meanings and contexts, 2010, 1-22 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper compile four studies focusing graduates’ trajectories towards becoming professionals as they enter working life with a master’s degree in Psychology and Political Science. The result builds on a longitudinal design where graduates’ have been interviewed on three occasions; the last semester before graduation to the third year of professional work. The theoretical framework comprises a situated and social learning theory. The results indicate that becoming a professional is a dynamic learning process between a reflective individual, the interaction with a professional practice as well as a relationship between other spheres of life. This is also a process of professional identity formation influenced by the individuals’ belonging to and participation in other practices and closely related to a gender identity. It is through the negotiations between personal and socially derived imperatives that identity formation progresses throughout working life.

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2010. 1-22 p.
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59877OAI: diva2:353860
ESREA Triennial European Research conference
Available from: 2010-09-29 Created: 2010-09-29 Last updated: 2010-10-25

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