International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning

  • Stephen Billett
  • Christian Harteis
  • Hans Gruber

Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Professions and Professional Practice

  3. Research Paradigms

  4. Educational Institutions and Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 393-395
    2. Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren, Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke, Berit Karseth, Sofia Nyström
      Pages 461-484
    3. Päivi Tynjälä, Jennifer M. Newton
      Pages 513-533
    4. Elizabeth Katherine Molloy, Louise Greenstock, Patrick Fiddes, Catriona Fraser, Peter Brooks
      Pages 535-559
    5. Tim Dornan, Pim W. Teunissen
      Pages 561-589
    6. Monika Nerland, Karen Jensen
      Pages 611-640
  5. Practice-Based Learning Activities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 641-644
    2. Anneli Eteläpelto, Katja Vähäsantanen, Päivi Hökkä, Susanna Paloniemi
      Pages 645-672
    3. Jan Breckwoldt, Hans Gruber, Andreas Wittmann
      Pages 673-698
    4. Christian Harteis, Johannes Bauer
      Pages 699-732
    5. Stephen Billett, Raymond Smith
      Pages 733-757
    6. Britta Herbig, Andreas Müller
      Pages 781-806
    7. Eugene Sadler-Smith
      Pages 807-834
    8. Bente Elkjaer, Ulrik Brandi
      Pages 835-856
  6. Implementing and Supporting Professional Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 911-914
    2. Anton Havnes, Jens-Christian Smeby
      Pages 915-954
    3. P. Robert-Jan Simons, Manon C. P. Ruijters
      Pages 955-985
    4. Filip Dochy, David Gijbels, Elisabeth Raes, Eva Kyndt
      Pages 987-1020
    5. Victoria J. Marsick, Andrew K. Shiotani, Martha A. Gephart
      Pages 1021-1041
    6. Lillian Turner de Tormes Eby, B. Lindsay Brown, Kerrin George
      Pages 1071-1097
    7. Tarja Irene Tikkanen, Stephen Billett
      Pages 1125-1159
    8. Per-Erik Ellström, Per Nilsen
      Pages 1161-1185
    9. Allison Littlejohn, Anoush Margaryan
      Pages 1187-1212
  7. Assessing Professional Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1213-1214

About this book


The International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning discusses what constitutes professionalism, examines the concepts and practices of professional and practice-based learning, including associated research traditions and educational provisions. It also explores professional learning in institutions of higher and vocational education as well the practice settings where professionals work and learn, focusing on both initial and ongoing development and how that learning is assessed.
The Handbook features research from expert contributors in education, studies of the professions, and accounts of research methodologies from a range of informing disciplines. It is organized in two parts. The first part sets out conceptions of professionalism at work, how professions, work and learning can be understood, and examines the kinds of institutional practices organized for developing occupational capacities. The second part focuses on procedural issues associated with learning for and through professional practice, and how assessment of professional capacities might progress.
The key premise of this Handbook is that during both initial and ongoing professional development, individual learning processes are influenced and shaped through their professional environment and practices. Moreover, in turn, the practice and processes of learning through practice are shaped by their development, all of which are required to be understood through a range of research orientations, methods and findings.
This Handbook will appeal to academics working in fields of professional practice, including those who are concerned about developing these capacities in their students. In addition, students and research students will also find this Handbook a key reference resource to the field.


Adult learning Continuing education Initial preparation Professional competence Professional practice Skill acquisition Work and learning dual system interprofessional learning para-professional occupations practice-based learning professional development professional education professional learning professional occupations team learning vocational education vocational training workplace learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Billett
    • 1
  • Christian Harteis
    • 2
  • Hans Gruber
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Education and Professional Studies, Adult and Vocational EducationGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of Educational ScienceUniversity of PaderbornPaderbornGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Educational ScienceUniversity of RegensburgRegensburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8901-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8902-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-1951
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-196X
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