Professional Learning in the Knowledge Society

  • Karen Jensen
  • Leif Chr. Lahn
  • Monika Nerland

Part of the The Knowledge Economy and Education book series (KNOW, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
    1. Karen Jensen, Leif Chr. Lahn, Monika Nerland
      Pages 1-24
  2. Knowledge Cultures and Professional Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-26
    2. Monika Nerland
      Pages 27-48
    3. Jens-Christian Smeby
      Pages 49-67
    4. Kirsti Klette, Tone Cecilie Carlsten
      Pages 69-84
  3. Artefacts and Professional Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-108
    2. Leif Chr. Lahn, Bjørg Christiansen
      Pages 125-142
    3. Kirsti Klette, Jens-Christian Smeby
      Pages 143-162
  4. Knowledge Ties and Modes of Self Conduct

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-164
    2. Karen Jensen
      Pages 165-177
    3. Monica Rudberg
      Pages 179-193
    4. Monika Nerland
      Pages 195-209
    5. Karen Jense, Bjørg Christiansen
      Pages 211-228
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-229

About this book


This book presents an entirely new approach to professional learning based on perspectives of the knowledge society and, in particular, an interpretation of Knorr Cetina’s work on scientific ‘epistemic cultures’. Starting with a conceptual chapter and followed by a suite of empirical studies from accountancy, education, nursing and software engineering, the book elaborates how: a) knowledge production and circulation take distinct forms in those fields; b) how the knowledge objects of practice in those fields engross and engage professionals and, in the process, people and knowledge are transformed by this engagement. By foregrounding an explicit concern for the role of knowledge in professional learning, the book goes much farther than the current fashion for describing ‘practice-based learning’. It will therefore be of considerable interest to the research, policy, practitioner and student communities involved with professional education/learning or interested in innovation and knowledge development in the professions.


knowledge society ‘practice-based learning’ professional learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Karen Jensen
    • 1
  • Leif Chr. Lahn
    • 2
  • Monika Nerland
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OsloNorway
  2. 2.University of OsloNorway
  3. 3.University of OsloNorway

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