Professional Practice Discourse Marginalia

  • Joy Higgs
  • Franziska Trede

Part of the Practice, Education, Work and Society book series (PEWS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Professional Practice Discourse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Narelle Patton, Maree Donna Simpson
      Pages 11-16
    3. Joy Higgs
      Pages 17-26
  3. Leading The Practice Discourse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Nita Cherry, Joy Higgs
      Pages 29-36
    3. Narelle Patton
      Pages 37-46
    4. Narelle Patton, Della Fish
      Pages 55-64
    5. Joy Higgs
      Pages 65-72
    6. Sheridan Linnell, Debbie Horfall
      Pages 83-90
  4. Writing from Inside Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Janice Orrell, Gavin Sanderson
      Pages 93-100
    3. Franziska Trede, Celina Mcewen
      Pages 101-108
    4. Diane Tasker, Maree Donna Simpson
      Pages 109-114
    5. Tony Patton
      Pages 115-122
    6. Joy Higgs, Andrew Vann, Roy Tasker, Ross Chambers
      Pages 123-136
    7. Sandra Grace, Lesley Cooper
      Pages 137-144
    8. Sheridan Linnell, Janice Ollerton
      Pages 145-152
    9. Diane Tasker, Angie Titchen
      Pages 153-160
    10. Wajeehah Aayeshah, Tony Patton
      Pages 161-168
  5. Writing Onto and Into Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Debbie Horsfall, Lynne Adamson
      Pages 171-178
    3. Suzanne Alder, Sandra Grace
      Pages 179-188
    4. Pauline Taylor, Katelin Sutton
      Pages 189-196
    5. Nita Cherry
      Pages 197-204
    6. Janice Orrell, Suzanne Alder
      Pages 205-212
    7. Pauline Taylor, Narelle Patton
      Pages 213-222
    8. Marcelle Townsend-Cross, Rick Flowers
      Pages 223-232
    9. Narelle Patton, Maree Donna Simpson
      Pages 233-240
  6. Marking Trails and Stimulating Insights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Franziska Trede, Debbie Horsfall
      Pages 243-254
    3. Joy Higgs, Wajeehah Aayeshah
      Pages 255-264
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-268

About this book


This is a book for practitioners, university educators, workplace learning educators, researchers and the professions. It draws together two key elements of the lives of these people: professional practice – what people do, and practice discourse – what they write and say about what they do. And, it focuses these discussions around two spaces – the core and the margins, of practice and discourse. 

Writing in the margins of texts has a very long history. People have always left part of themselves – their ideas, personality and reflections – in the margins of texts. In this book we have taken up the idea of such written marginalia and we have expanded it into writing into the texts of practice discourse as well as speaking and acting in the margins of professional practice. Such deliberate practice changes in marginal practice spaces and in written practice discourse provides ways of shaping and critically appraising current and future professional practice.
This book provides a dialogue between two fascinating phenomena: professional practice and discourse. In the 21st century these two are facing challenges as they negotiate their contested spaces in a rapidly changing global society. They draw on strong established traditions and expectations but they cannot be complacent in these illusory stabilities. Rather they must be awake to the imperatives of their own re-invention and re-claimed relevance to today’s society and today’s professional class in the workforce. 
Across the chapters we explore the core spaces of professional practice discourse from the vantage point of the margins of this space, and the margin spaces as they interact with the core. Marginalia serves as an architect of destabilisation, challenge, revolution, reflection or sometimes affirmation of the central discourse space.
There are five sections in the book: Section One: Professional practice discourse, Section Two: Leading the practice discourse, Section Three: Writing from inside practice, Section Four: Writing onto and into practice and Section Five: Marking trails and stimulating insights.
Readers are invited to contribute to our exploration of the phenomenon and practice of professional practice discourse marginalia.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joy Higgs
    • 1
  • Franziska Trede
    • 2
  1. 1.The Education For Practice InstituteCharles Sturt UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.The Education For Practice InstituteCharles Sturt UniversityAustralia

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