More questions than answers: the role of practitioner research in professional practice.
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThe concept of the career guidance practitioner viewing themselves as a professional is currently being challenged (Colley and Lewin, 2008; Greer, 2009). During the last decade there has been a concerted effort to support practitioners in engaging with research both as an agent and as a recipient to enhance practice and to drive forward the concept of the professional. This paper presents examples of progress within this endeavour and the views of practitioners who have engaged in research activities, either as part of their role or as dedicated continuing professional development (CPD). Throughout this paper we explore the role of research within the concepts of profession and professional practice; drawing on literature and primary research that captures views from two groups of practitioners. That careers guidance is a profession is an assumed reality for many practitioners and the organisations that represent them (and our own stance is that it is indeed a profession and we refer to it as such throughout this paper).
CitationNeary, S. and Hutchinson, J. (2009) More questions than answers: the role of practitioner research in professional practice. In: Reid, H. ed. Constructing the Future: Career Guidance for Changing Contexts, Stourbridge: Institute of Career Guidance., pp. 42-50.
PublisherInstitute of Career Guidance
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