The construction of professionalism in vocational education and training in Ireland: a mixed methods study of trainers’ roles and professional development in the workplace


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Author: Anderson, Fionnuala


This mixed-methods study aimed to develop understanding of professionalism in the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Ireland through exploring the nature of practice and practitioners, and how practitioners conceptualise and construct professionalism and develop as professionals in the VET workplace. This was done using a conceptual framework incorporating workplace learning theories to provide a fresh way to consider how VET trainers are prepared for professional practice (i.e. Lave and Wenger, 1991; Fuller and Unwin, 2004). It emerged from the study that trainers...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Providers of education and training; Workforce development; Research

Keywords: Professional development; Workplace learning; Trainers

Geographic subjects: Ireland; Europe

Published: Dublin, Ireland: Dublin City University, 2012

Physical description: vii, 260 p.

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Resource type: Thesis

Document number: TD/TNC 108.568

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