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Constructs of Self within the Emerging Professional Identity of Beginning Police Officers 1517
MEd, M.Ed. (USyd), M.RE (ACU), B.Ed.; School of Education (NSW), Griffith Institute for Higher Education (GIHE); Lecturer — Work Integrated Learning; Griffith Institute for Higher Education (GIHE); Executive Member — New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education (NZACE), Australia
Professional identities emerge from complex interactions between ontogenetic selves and socio-historical and Socio-cultural dimensions of the practice setting. This paper presents results from a longitudinal qualitative study of six early-career police officers as they transition from the Police College into the practice setting(s) of policing and in determining their specialisation. This research employed a combination of interview and observation methods within a case study methodology, exploring the learning of the participants over a three-year period. This paper presents the experiences of three of these case studies. Evident in this research was a complex relational interdependence between the self and social in the processes of learners constructing understandings of professional practice and identity.
Keywords: professional identity, constructs of self, workplace learning, socio-cultural learning theory
Column: Empirical Research
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