Practice, Theory, and Education for Working in Uncertainty
Author: Jan Fook
Publisher: Paul & Company Pub Consortium
This book is a study of contemporary professional practitioners as they developed their expertise over a period of five years beginning with their preliminary training. It describes their initiation into practice and their progression towards professional effectiveness. Using an analysis of patterns in the development of experienced practitioners, the authors create a theory of professional expertise for practice in conditions of uncertainty. The book also proposes educational strategies to help develop this expertise. Professional Expertise: Practice, theory and education for working in uncertainty will be of interest to anyone involved in the training and development of professional staff in human services such as: social, youth and community work; health and social care; nursing; mental health; probation; and adult and community education.
New qualifications for those teaching and training in the FE sector became effective in September 2007. The reform of initial teacher training and the professionalisation of the workforce in the sector require a commitment to engage in continuing professional development. The rational for the book is contained in the argument that improvement of quality in teaching and learning in the sector is not achieved exclusively through short-term external professional development and training activities. Moreover it requires ongoing workplace learning which is long-term in focus and practice-orientated and work-based. In order to improve future practice it needs to be embedded in critical reflection and evaluation of workloads. The purpose of the book is to introduce the notion that there is an opportunity for every teacher to develop their role through their workloads, e.g. workloads are a vehicle for professional development. Ways to achieve this are identified by exploring the practice of experienced and successful teachers. The author then goes on to offers guidelines for promoting constructive practice, which is using the outcomes of reflection in the workplace to achieve role development.
This volume analyzes different types of knowledge and know-how used by practising professionals in their work and how these different kinds of knowledge are acquired by a combination of learning from books, learning from people and learning from personal experience.; Drawing on various examples, problems addressed include the way theory changes and is personalized in practice, and how individuals form generalizations out of their practice. Eraut considers the meaning of client-centredness and its implications, and to what extent professional knowledge is based on intuition, understanding and learning. He considers the issue of competence versus knowledge and the effect of lifelong learning on the quality of practice.
This is a reprint. Original title was: The Salaried Professional. It is a practical guide to assist a professional working in a large organization to make effective choices about personal career development.
About the Book Series The idea for the Book Series “Innovation and Change in Professional Education” (ICPE) was born in 1996. While working on another publication in this area, we noticed that professional educators faced similar problems without even knowing from each other. It was this observation that resulted in examining the possibilities for a new publication platform about professional education with input from different professions. We wanted to develop a publication source that would bring together educators and researchers to exchange ideas and knowledge about theory, research and professional practice. But we were not only striving for a book series informing readers about important themes in the professions. A second goal was to focus on processes of change and innovation. We were heavily involved in innovations going on in our institutions, and were convinced that a better understanding was needed in a wide range of issues critically important to the future of professional education. It was our belief that scholarly publications about innovation processes may support fundamental change in professional education. ICPE reflects our view that professional education deserves such a publication platform. It aims to approach critical questions of educational innovations, and to examine dynamics of educational change in various professional domains in the context of innovation processes. The books will include contributions from frontline practitioners, leading researchers, or distinguished scholars in professional education, delivering reports of empirical or theoretical research, reviews, interpretations of evaluation studies, or descriptions of innovative approaches.
Current research in education reveals a system that consistently delivers disappointing results. Recent reforms developed in response to the Nation at Risk report have in many cases been so restrictive that they have actually aggravated the problem - increasing retention and drop-out rates, and producing even more high school graduates who must take remedial courses in college. The authors of this timely book believe that one of the root causes of this educational decline is the failure of traditional methods and curricula to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and multicultural school population. Their solution? Restructure public schools to accommodate the variety of student learning aptitudes present in today's classroom... and give students a greater opportunity to be successful. In these pages you'll find a number of ways to accomplish these goals. And you'll discover a variety of innovative programs that are succeeding in public schools right now, including programs from eight model schools across the country that show many of these ideas in action. Throughout the book the authors focus on options for restructuring that are practical and inexpensive to implement in any school system. They present detailed descriptions of classroom strategies and curriculum approaches that will be helpful to pre-service and in-service teachers, and to administrators interested in the many restructuring options available. Specific strategies for effective teaching are discussed, including the direct teach method, mastery learning, cooperative learning, the whole language approach to teaching reading and writing, and early intervention reading programs. The authors also present a complete"learning how to learn" curriculum that emphasizes process as well as content. Other important topics covered in depth include teaching and learning styles, management and motivation, parent/school community partnerships, and staff development. A sample staff development sequence is included in Chapter 10.
This book begins from the perspective that organizational effectiveness will be improved if the individuals within the organization are engaged in developing professionally. It takes the individual as the key resource of any institution and the notion of professional development as the key to the learning of educational managers.
This book explores a new theory of the firm produced through an exchange between management theory and economics. In the process economics is seen to provide a foundational element for strategy research whilst developing a more realistic theory of the firm with a greater emphasis on its internal features. The success of competence theories of the firm also reflects their ability to explain significant trends in the business world, notably the declining importance of conglomerates and critical features in the success of Asian and Japanese business.
Building Expertise Within the Four Walls of Your School
Author: Diane Yendol-Hoppey
Publisher: Corwin Press
Achieve effective, on-site teacher development without breaking the budget! This essential guide to job-embedded staff development helps schools and districts move away from reliance on outside expertise, instead drawing on and developing the experience and skills of their own faculty. The authors provide a complete toolbox of school-based professional development (PD) strategies, with recommendations on which tools to use for different times and settings, guidelines for implementation, and extended examples of each tool in action for a full spectrum of proven, cost-effective PD models, including: Book study and lesson study Action research and professional learning communities Coaching and co-teaching Webinars, podcasts, Open Space Technology, online communities, and much more
ÔProfessional service firms are critical agents of contemporary economies and understanding them has become a central focus of recent scholarship. This very timely and well organized Handbook brings together several leading scholars who explore how we might think and theorize about professional service firms and their entrepreneurial behaviours. The Handbook will become a key source for the growing community of researchers in this area.Õ Ð Royston Greenwood, University of Alberta, Canada ÔFor too long, both researchers and practitioners have presumed that professional service firms follow the status quo when they should better understand how these professionals set the rules for globalization. This Handbook reminds us that professionals are as much the shock-troops of capitalism as the multinational corporations that they serve. As this Handbook shows, the leading firms successfully compete with each other by fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in order to service an institutional system that undergirds the international economy.Õ Ð Christopher McKenna, University of Oxford, UK Professional services are increasingly seen as an important foundation for future economic growth and prosperity. Yet research on innovative and entrepreneurial processes in professional services has been surprisingly scarce. This Handbook provides a collection of original contributions from leading scholars outlining the current stock of knowledge in the area as well as providing directions for further research. The expert contributors discuss entrepreneurship and innovation from a number of different perspectives, including the entrepreneurial professional team, the entrepreneurial firm and the institutional environment. The first part of the book looks at the challenges of entrepreneurship specific to the professional service firm while the second explores the creation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities in the professional service team. Part III turns to the organization and Part IV to the management and growth of the entrepreneurial professional service firm. The final part discusses the interplay between professions, firms and the institutional environment. Researchers, scholars and PhD students in the areas of entrepreneurship and professional service firms along with advanced students of management will find this volume of great value.
This book is a succinct and practical guide for students and practitioners applying occupational therapy models in the field. It provides an overview of the common models in practice and bridges the gap between theoretical texts on conceptual models and the immediate demands of practice. It describes occupational therapists' use of models within the realities of practice in a variety of contexts and takes the approach that practice models can be used as tools to guide clinical reasoning. Provides an in-depth overview of 9 different models which can easily be compared and contrasted Highlights the vital relationship between clinical reasoning and the practical use of models Includes tools such as clinical reasoning memory aids, diagrams and major references Presents models in the context of their culturally and historically situated development Written by internationally renowned occupational therapists who are well experienced in applying models to practice
This book has been written especially for practitioners to meet the new practice education framework and standards. It aims to help practice educators develop their own, and others', critical practice in line with the newly-extended Practice Educator domains which form a key structure for this text: - organising opportunities for learning - enabling learning - managing assessment - effective continuing performance This book will support an individual through their personal journey, focusing on their perspective, and taking an open, analytical, and considered approach to the issues for practice education and, in particular, those associated with qualifying students and newly-qualified practitioners on their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment. This book is also fully updated with the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work. There are sections on supervision, mentoring and coaching as well as the involvement of service users and carers. The Authors also examine learning cultures and communities of practice, continuing professional development and PQ training.