Vocational thresholds: developing expertise without certainty in general practice medicine

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Author: Vaughan, Karen


This paper argues that particular experiences in the workplace are more important than others and can lead to transformational learning. This may enable practitioners to cross 'vocational thresholds' to new ways of being. A notion of 'vocational thresholds' is developed, aiming to help build an understanding of the most powerful learning experiences of general practitioners (GPs). Vocational thresholds takes its cue from the idea of 'threshold concepts' - concepts that transform perspectives and integrate previously disconnected or hidden knowledge, sometimes in ways that are ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Teaching and learning; Workforce development; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: Learning experience; Work based learning; Mentoring; Skill development; Experiential learning

Geographic subjects: Oceania; New Zealand

Published: [Clayton, Victoria]: CSIRO Publishing, 2016

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Journal volume: 8

Journal number: 2

Journal date: June 2016

Pages: pp. 99-105

ISSN: 1172-6156 (electronic)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Rights: Copyright Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners 2016. This is an open access article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. To view a copy of the licence visit: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Call number: TD/TNC 128.376

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