Journal article

From personal reflection to social positioning: the development of a transformational model of professional education in midwifery.

Diane Phillips, Rod Fawns, Barbara Hayes

Nursing Inquiry | Published : 2002


A transformational model of professional identity formation, anchored and globalized in workplace conversations, is advanced. Whilst the need to theorize the aims and methods of clinical education has been served by the techno-rational platform of 'reflective practice', this platform does not provide an adequate psychological tool to explore the dynamics of social episodes in professional learning and this led us to positioning theory. Positioning theory is one such appropriate tool in which individuals metaphorically locate themselves within discursive action in everyday conversations to do with personal positioning, institutional practices and societal rhetoric. This paper develops the cas..

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