“Becoming” a Professional

An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Professional Learning

  • Lesley Scanlon

Part of the Lifelong Learning Book Series book series (LLLB, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Lesley Scanlon
    Pages 1-11
  3. Lesley Scanlon
    Pages 13-32
  4. David Beckett
    Pages 57-76
  5. Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren
    Pages 77-93
  6. Thuy T. Vu, Gloria Dall’Alba
    Pages 95-108
  7. Alan Bleakley
    Pages 129-151
  8. Kirsty Foster
    Pages 171-193
  9. Jane Davey, Sandie Bredemeyer
    Pages 195-217
  10. Lesley Scanlon
    Pages 245-246
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 247-261

About this book


‘Becoming’ is used in this interdisciplinary work as an emergent, iterative concept of professional identity formation. The conceptual framework of ‘becoming’, as well as the arguments in the book are intended to encourage professionals—and those engaged in their education—to reflect on what it means to be a ‘professional’ in the twenty-first century, an era dominated by the discourses of globalisation, ‘new mangerialism’, multiculturalism and deprofessionalisation. We live in a world where not only scholars, but also a better educated client base informed by technological innovations, have issued unprecedented challenges to the traditional professional ideal. The once paradigmatic identity of the superiority of the Anglo-American professional, grounded in an exclusive knowledge-base and an altruistic ‘public-service’ principle, are no longer tenable.

The book will generate dialogue about the nature of professionalism through a multidisciplinary lens in chapters on medicine, nursing and teaching and in reference to social work, the clergy and engineering. Here, becoming a professional is a lifelong, extended process that constructs an individual’s professional identity through formal education, workplace interactions and popular culture. It advocates the ‘ongoing’ modality of developing a professional self throughout one’s professional life. What emerges from this work is a concept of becoming a professional that is quite different from the isolated, rugged, individualistic approach to traditional professional practice as represented in popular culture. It is a book for the reflective professional.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lesley Scanlon
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Social WorkUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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