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Postgraduate Course: Developing Professional Identity (EDUA11359)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed to help students develop knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a professional practitioner in the broad education sector and beyond. It will enable students to make connections between academic theory, professional practice and the student's own past, current and future professional development. Students will participate in the course as 'becoming professionals' with a view to gaining insight to and clarity of their own projected career pathway. The learning programme will explore the complex and dynamic relationship between theory and professional practice. The course will critically examine the knowledge, skills and values that inform professional issues and challenges.
Course description Students will be introduced to key theoretical sources concerning notions of professionalism, models of practice and dimensions of learning. Drawing from these sources students will be encouraged to critically examine issues relating to professional development in general. The breadth of topics studied will include communities of practice, judgment, decision-making, workplace learning and practice intervention.

Students will be encouraged to analyse and articulate their own objectives in relation to ongoing learning and development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Engage in critical discussion on the nature of professionalism, on professional values and the relationship between enquiry, relevant theory and professional practice
  2. Articulate personal learning needs in relation to future career objectives and ongoing professional learning and development.
  3. Demonstrate originality or creativity in the application of knowledge, understanding and practices
  4. Understand the impact of changing social and cultural contexts on the tasks undertaken by professional Practitioners
  5. Develop awareness of the wide and often unpredictable variety of challenges faced by the modern-day professional practitioner
Reading List
Banks, S. (2010) (ed) Ethical Issues in Youth Work, (2nd Edition), London: Routledge.
Barton, D. & Tusting, K. (Eds.) (2005) Beyond Communities of Practice. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Fraser, N (2005) Reframing Justice in a Globalizing World New Left Review, 36 pp. 69-88)
Friedson, E. (1994) Professionalism Reborn, New York: Policy Press.
Hodkinson, P. and Issitt, M. (eds)(1995) The Challenge of Competence: Professionalism through Vocational Education and Training, London: Cassell.
Scanlon, L. (2011) Becoming a Professional. London: Springer available to download from publisher website at:
Schon, D. A. (1983) The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think In Action, London: Temple Smith.
Wenger, E. (1998) Communities of practice: learning, meaning, and identity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsprofessional practitioner,education,professional development,professionalism
Course organiserDr Ian Fyfe
Tel: (0131 6)51 4803
Course secretaryMs Mairi Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 4241
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