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Title: Making 'professionalism' meaningful to students in higher education
Author(s): Wilson, Anna
Akerlind, Gerlese
Walsh, Barbara
Stevens, Bruce
Turner, Bethany
Shield, Alison
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Keywords: professionalism
generic skills
graduate attributes
vocational purposes
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2013
Date Deposited: 7-Sep-2018
Citation: Wilson A, Akerlind G, Walsh B, Stevens B, Turner B & Shield A (2013) Making 'professionalism' meaningful to students in higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 38 (8), pp. 1222-1238.
Abstract: With rising vocational expectations of higher education, universities are increasingly promoting themselves as preparing students for future professional lives. This makes it timely to ask what makes professionalism meaningful to students. In addressing this question, we first identify aspects of professionalism that might represent appropriate aspirations for higher education, in particular the development of professionalism as a transformational rather than acquisitional process. We then report on an empirical study aimed at examining current students' understandings of professionalism, and identifying what they commonly notice and do not notice about professionalism. Finally, we give examples of curriculum interventions designed by subject convenors in response to these findings.
DOI Link: 10.1080/03075079.2013.833035
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