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Fostering an action-research dynamic amongst student practitioners.

  Purpose – This paper seeks to explore changes taking place in a curriculum design for postgraduate
teaching in personnel and development, aimed at enhancing lifelong learning. A scheme is described
which aims to improve the alignment for professional development of students, in ways that facilitate
critically reflective practice.

Design/methodology/approach – The authors draw on their personal experiences as a
programme leader (Master’s in HRM) and an educational consultant to describe their strategy for
critically reflective continuous professional development (CPD). In doing so, their practice is related to
some of the theories underlying critical reflection, and the key challenges in seeking to engage student
practitioners in professional development of this kind are drawn out.

Findings – It is argued that achieving an alignment between the development and assessment of
student capabilities is vital to the development of critical reflection, and it is explained how the
strategy presented for CPD supports self-management of this process.

Practical implications – Although the paper is grounded in the authors’ particular experiences and
structure for student support, it is hoped that reflections on these can be of general value to those
interested in developing critically reflective practice amongst students which is both effective and
practical in the increasingly demanding world of higher education.

Originality/value – The self-managed process explored in the paper is framed by a social approach
to learning that places peer interaction at the forefront of the learning processes involved.

Keywords Continuing development, Critical thinking, Students

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 November 2007

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Emerald

  • DOI:

    10.1108/03090590810877067

  • Library of Congress:

    LB2300 Higher Education

Citation

Francis, H. & Cowan, J. (2007). Fostering an action-research dynamic amongst student practitioners. Journal of European industrial training. 32, 336-346. doi:10.1108/03090590810877067. ISSN 0309-0590

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Keywords

Continuing development; Critical thinking; Students;

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