Professional skills development in a resource-poor setting: the case of pharmacy in Malawi

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Author: Lim, Zoe; Anderson, Claire; McGrath, Simon


The dominance of the human capital approach in vocational skills development has been increasingly questioned for being de-humanised and de-contextualised. Contrary to this trend, the discourse in health professional skills development has shown increasing enthusiasm for consolidating this existing paradigm. To debate whether professional skills development should indeed be insulated from such scepticism, this paper examines one strategy adopted by the health professions. Called ‘task shifting’, this strategy involves re-delegating professional tasks to nonprofessional cadres according...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Workforce development; Employment; Research; Economics

Keywords: Skill development; Professional development; Professional recognition; Perception; Case study; Developing economy

Geographic subjects: Malawi; Africa

Published: Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 2012

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Journal volume: 32

Journal number: 5

Journal date: September 2012

Pages: pp. 654-664

ISSN: 0738-0593

Statement of responsibility: Zoe Lim, C. Anderson, S. McGrath

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 108.1397

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