From University to Professional Practice: Students as Journeymen Between Cultures of Education and Work

  • Madeleine Abrandt DahlgrenEmail author
  • Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke
  • Berit Karseth
  • Sofia Nyström
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


The overarching research problem addressed in this chapter is the relationship between professional/higher education and professional work. The chapter will discuss the relevance of university education for professional practice with a particular focus on professional identity formation and formation of professional responsibility. We discuss how different professional programs and their traditions and cultures shape different curricular structures that have an impact on students professional identity formation and transition to work. We will also discuss experiences with and learning of professional responsibility in the web of commitments within educational settings and how new multiple expectations emerge and lead to new learning experiences when entering work life. The argument of the chapter is based on the rationale and findings from an extensive international research program, conducted between 2001 and 2008.


Higher education Transition Trajectory Work life Professional learning Professional education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke
    • 2
  • Berit Karseth
    • 2
  • Sofia Nyström
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medical and Health SciencesLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  2. 2.Department of Education, Faculty of Educational SciencesUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  3. 3.Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Faculty of Educational SciencesLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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