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Author Edwards, Anne, 1946-

Title Being an expert professional practitioner : the relational turn / by Anne Edwards
Published Dordrecht ; London : Springer, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 170 pages)
Series Professional and practice-based learning ; 2
Professional and practice-based learning ; 2
Contents Note continued: 7. Working Upstream -- 7.1. Systemic Learning from Operational Practices -- 7.2. Distinctly Different Practices in Organisational Hierarchies -- 7.3. Differences in Engagement with Knowledge Between Hierarchical Practices -- 7.4. Differences in Temporalities -- 7.5. Representations that Work Across Boundaries -- 7.6. Upstream Learning and Resistance to Change in Organisations -- 7.7. Mediation and Relevance -- 7.8. Knowledge Flows from Research to Policy -- References -- 8. Researching the Relational in Practices -- 8.1. Finding the Object of Enquiry -- 8.2. Background and Foreground in Research Design -- 8.3. Discursive Approaches to Researching Relational Aspects of Professional Practices -- 8.4. Narratives and Personal Trajectories -- 8.5. Interventionist Research -- 8.6. Challenges of Researching the Relational Turn -- References -- Appendix A Activity Theory -- A.1. What Is Activity Theory? -- A.2. Engestrom and Activity Theory -- A.3. Developmental Work Research -- A.4. Inside the DWR Sessions -- A.5. Analysing the Data from the DWR Sessions -- References -- Analytic Protocol for the Building of Common Knowledge: The D-Analysis -- Reference
Summary Professionals deal with complex problems which require working with the expertise of others, but being able to collaborate resourcefully with others is an additional form of expertise. This book draws on a series of research studies to explain what is involved in the new concept of working relationally across practices. It demonstrates how spending time building common knowledge between different professions aids collaboration
The core concept is relational agency, which can arise between practitioners who work together on a complex task: whether reconfiguring the trajectory of a vulnerable child or developing a piece of computer software. Common knowledge, which captures the motives and values of each profession, is essential for the exercise of relational agency and contributing to and working with the common knowledge of what matters for each profession is a new form of relational expertise
The book is based on a wide body of field research including the author's own. It tackles how to research expert practices using Vygotskian perspectives, and demonstrates how Cultural Historical and Activity Theory approaches contribute to how we understand learning, practices and organisations. --Book Jacket
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Subject Expertise.
Problem solving.
Teams in the workplace.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9048139694