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

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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