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Professional identity development: a review of the higher education literature


Trede, F and Macklin, R and Bridges, D, Professional identity development: a review of the higher education literature, Studies in Higher Education, 37, (3) pp. 365-384. ISSN 0307-5079 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Society for Research into Higher Education

DOI: doi:10.1080/03075079.2010.521237


This study examined the extant higher education literature on the development of professional identities. Through a systematic review approach 20 articles were identified that discussed in some way professional identity development in higher education journals. These articles drew on varied theories, pedagogies and learning strategies; however, most did not make a strong connection to professional identities. Further research is needed to better understand the tensions between personal and professional values, structural and power influences, discipline versus generic education, and the role of workplace learning on professional identities.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:professional identity, professional learning, professional identity formation, values, reflective practice
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Human resources management
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Professions and professionalisation
UTAS Author:Macklin, R (Dr Rob Macklin)
ID Code:78457
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:272
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2012-06-28
Last Modified:2014-10-31

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