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Learning to be Professional:  Reflective thoughts on a life-time of trying

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Learning to be Professional: Reflective thoughts on a life-time of trying

Professor John Cowan



My proposition: our own life experiences, from which we will have learnt what becoming professional means, can provide us with a fantastic resource from which to create good educational designs. This Chapter is based on my own reflections on how I learnt (and still learn) to become professional, in four different professional fields. Out of these reflections I have gradually extracted some general propositions and principles for educational designs, which I believe are more likely to be encouraging and effective in assisting learners to begin the process of becoming professional while they are studying in higher education.







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Comments (1)

Russ Law said

at 4:26 am on Nov 25, 2009

Really enjoyed the biographical illustration of the proposition, John. There are so many links there to principles and learning that I recognize and support, around the notion of intentional, self-directed, personal and professional change.

One point that I'd need to reflect on further would be the suggestion of "unconditional positive regard for self-directing aims". I can go with this to the extent of having respect, but it seems a big leap to having unconditional and positive regard for someone else's ambition that could be (to me) pointless, unfeasible or even unworthy.

Having attended your seminar too, I have to say that I've found the "learners' questioning" approach to teaching really exciting for many years. To my shame, though, I've done far too little to develop and exploit it...

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