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Making the invisible visible in workplace practices: Understanding the contribution of affect and its co-implication with cognitive decision-making in paramedic practices.


University of Stirling, Scotland | Published : 2013


Emergency response practitioners utilize ‘many sources of information concurrently, unencumbered by protocols’ Taber, Plumb, and Jolemore (2008: 279). These components of professional knowing in situated practices are relatively unexplored and under-examined: possibly because they are invisible or remain below the threshold of the kind of knowing we are familiar with or pay attention to (Venn, 2010), or are inaccessible to traditional research methods. Among aspects of professional practice that are often overlooked in ‘official’ accounts of practice, is a sense of the importance of embodied and affective terrain. Accordingly, the purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how this different ki..

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