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The development of the professionalism of adult educators: a biographical and learning perspective

Author(s): Cornelia Maier-Gutheil | Christiane Hof

Journal: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults
ISSN 2000-7426

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 75;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Lifelong learning | professional learning | professionalism in adult education | development of professionalism | qualitative research

To investigate the development of the professionalism of adult educators, we compareindividuals' narratives of their professional work at different times in their biographies.Using data from a qualitative longitudinal study, the paper includes two case studiesthrough which we show phases of learning in the development of professionalism. Wereconstruct forms and meanings of learning in this process. The study allows insightsinto differences in professional learning during the life course and the influence ofinstitutional and social context in the development of professionalism.
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