How about Professionalism, Professions and Standards: The Creation of Acculturated Professionals

  • Fernando F. PadróEmail author
  • Megan Y. C. A. Kek
  • Nona Press
  • Karen Trimmer
  • Jonathan H. Green
  • Michael Hawke
  • Laurie Hawke


Professional education is both an epistemological and ontological experience. The end game is to be a practitioner within a selected profession that satisfies personal expectations while contributing to society through practice. There is a triadic sensemaking relationship between the individual wanting to be a professional, the higher education institution (HEI) providing the preparatory curriculum and related experiences and the different stakeholders who employ the new professional and those expecting intellectual capital and productivity gains from these new professionals. Therefore, quality is a many-sided perception dependent on whose purpose frames its evaluation and the extent to which outcomes are determined to be gains. This chapter discusses the various perspectives of what quality is and the transferability of determinations between the different perceivers.


Autopoiesis Immanent Intentional Quality FOR purpose Quality OF purpose Stakeholder Temporality 


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  • Fernando F. Padró
    • 1
    Email author
  • Megan Y. C. A. Kek
    • 1
  • Nona Press
    • 1
  • Karen Trimmer
    • 1
  • Jonathan H. Green
    • 1
  • Michael Hawke
    • 2
  • Laurie Hawke
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.Tarleton State UniversityStephenvilleUSA

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