Learning to be Professionals

  • Gloria Dall’Alba

Part of the Innovation and Change in Professional Education book series (ICPE, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Focus of the Inquiry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gloria Dall’Alba
      Pages 11-33
  3. Professional Education as Preparation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Gloria Dall’Alba
      Pages 53-70
  4. Professional Ways of Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Gloria Dall’Alba
      Pages 73-92
    3. Gloria Dall’Alba
      Pages 111-132
  5. Part IV Implications for Professional Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-160

About this book


Preparing professionals to meet the demands of changes in practice is a compelling issue for the development of society, professions and individual professionals. A key tenet of this book is that we currently prepare professionals for the world of work in ways that are generally limited in scope and inadequate for addressing contemporary professional practice. The book critically investigates professional education programmes and the assumptions upon which they are based. It argues for an ontological turn in which professional education attends not only to what students know and can do, but also who they are becoming as professionals. In a scholarly, well-grounded account, the book closely interweaves theory and empirical material on learning to be professionals. It provides a fresh, innovative approach to designing professional education programmes, as well as to research about this important enterprise. This book makes a timely, insightful contribution to debate about educating for the professions.


Curriculum Gender becoming education higher education learning ontology professional education professional ways of being

Authors and affiliations

  • Gloria Dall’Alba
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Queensland School of EducationBrisbaneAustralia

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