From personal reflection to social positioning: the development of a transformational model of professional education in midwifery

Phillips, Diane, Fawns, Rod, and Hayes, Barbara (2002) From personal reflection to social positioning: the development of a transformational model of professional education in midwifery. Nursing Inquiry, 9 (4). pp. 239-249.

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Abstract

A transformational model of professional identity formation, anchored and globalized in workplace conversations, is advanced. Whilst the need to theorize the aims and methods of clinical education has been served by the techno-rational platform of ‘reflective practice’, this platform does not provide an adequate psychological tool to explore the dynamics of social episodes in professional learning and this led us to positioning theory. Positioning theory is one such appropriate tool in which individuals metaphorically locate themselves within discursive action in everyday conversations to do with personal positioning, institutional practices and societal rhetoric. This paper develops the case for researching social episodes in clinical education through professional conversations where midwifery students, in practice settings, are encouraged to account for their moment-by-moment interactions with their preceptors/midwives and university mentors. It is our belief that the reflection elaborated by positioning theory should be considered as the new epistemology for professional education where professional conversations are key to transformative learning processes for persons and institutions.

Item ID: 13649
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: positioning theory; professional conversations; professional identity formation; reflection
ISSN: 1320-7881
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2010 23:48
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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