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From university to professional practice

students as journeymen between cultures of education and work

Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren , Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke , Berit Karseth , Sofia Nyström

pp. 461-484

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.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-8902-8_17

Full citation:

Abrandt Dahlgren, M. , Dyrdal Solbrekke, T. , Karseth, B. , Nyström, S. (2014)., From university to professional practice: students as journeymen between cultures of education and work, in S. Billett, C. Harteis & H. Gruber (eds.), International handbook of research in professional and practice-based learning, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 461-484.

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