Professional Work in Contemporary Contexts

  • Lina Markauskaite
  • Peter Goodyear
Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 14)


A primary function for this chapter is to build a number of bridges between contemporary writing about the nature of professional work and professional education, on the one hand, and the theoretical exploration that we are providing in the body of the book. It summarises ideas that will be familiar to those who research the professions and to those who are deeply engaged in programs of professional education. It builds on these ideas by offering a preliminary description of the changing nature of professional work – emphasising the roles played by knowledge and the importance of being able to work flexibly and creatively with knowledge. The chapter also uses a brief summary of a number of common approaches to professional education to start an analysis of the relations between codified and other forms of knowledge in professional work and learning.


Professions Professional education Workplace demands Codified knowledge Actionable knowledge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lina Markauskaite
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  • Peter Goodyear
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI), Faculty of Education & Social WorkThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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