Educating the Deliberate Professional

Preparing for future practices

  • Franziska Trede
  • Celina McEwen

Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Franziska Trede, Celina McEwen
      Pages 3-14
    3. Franziska Trede, Celina McEwen
      Pages 15-28
  3. Reconceptualising the Professional

  4. Rethinking Practice Education

  5. Panoptic Musings

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-234

About this book


This book takes a fresh look at professional practice and professional education. In times of increased managerialism of academic teaching and a focus on graduate learning outcomes, it discusses possibilities to teach and learn otherwise. A deliberate professional is someone who consciously, thoughtfully and courageously makes choices about how to act and be in the practice world. A pedagogy of deliberateness is introduced that focuses on developing the following four characteristics of professionals: (1) deliberating on the complexity of practice and workplace cultures and environments; (2) understanding what is probable, possible and impossible in relation to existing and changing practices; (3) taking a deliberate stance in positioning oneself in practice as well as in making technical decisions; and (4) being aware of and responsible for the consequences of actions taken or actions not taken in relation to the ‘doing’, ‘saying’, ‘knowing’ and ‘relating’ in practice.     

Educating the deliberate professional is a comprehensive volume that carves out and explores a framework for a pedagogy of deliberateness that goes beyond educating reflective and deliberative practitioners. As a whole, this book argues for the importance of educating deliberate professionals, because, in the current higher education climate, there is a need to reconcile critique (thinking), participation (doing) and moral responsibility (relating to others) in professional practice and professional education.       


Community engagement Critical pedagogy Critical professional Deliberate practice Deliberate professional Ethical professional Higher education Learning identities Pedagogy of deliberateness Professional education Professional learning Professional practice Vocationalisation of education professional identity professional knowledge inquiry-based learning deliberative thinking professional judgment professional responsibility practice theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Franziska Trede
    • 1
  • Celina McEwen
    • 2
  1. 1.The Education For Practice InstituteCharles Sturt UniversitySilverwaterAustralia
  2. 2.The Education For Practice InstituteCharles Sturt UniversitySilverwaterAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32956-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32958-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5549
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5557
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