Informal practices in the making of professionals: the case of engineers in Soviet and post-Soviet Azerbaijan


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Author: Ergun, Ayca; Sayfutdinova, Leyla


This study expands the understanding of the role of informality in post-socialist professions by examining the use of informal practices by an under-researched professional group of engineers in Azerbaijan. We use in-depth interviews with engineers educated in Soviet and post-Soviet periods to trace changes and continuities in the use of informal practices in their education and work. The study found that although many practices inherited from the Soviet period (e.g. bribery in higher education and nepotism in employment) have undermined professional standards, others, such as reliance...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Industry; Employment; Higher education

Keywords: Informal education; Informal learning; Workplace learning; Professional development; Professional recognition; Knowledge sharing; Mentoring; Social aspects

Geographic subjects: Azerbaijan; Asia

Published: Los Angeles, California: Sage Publications, 2021

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Journal volume: 35

Journal number: 5

Journal date: October 2021

Pages: pp. 931-947

ISSN: 0950-0170, 1469-8722 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 147.227

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