Appreciating Practice in the Caring Professions: Re-focusing Professional Research and Development / Edition 12

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This book is for all practitioners in health care and in education. It provides an educational approach to professional development and introduces readers to the process of reflective research. Its main focus is on the critical appreciation of practice. It offers professionals a different language in which to discuss their work and provides user friendly methods for individuals wishing to research their own practice.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Jayalakshmi Jambunathan, PhD, MSN, MA, BSN, BSc (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book is an attempt to offer and explore a different vision of practice. The author explores the reasons for considering professional artistry (a holistic view incorporating both the visible and invisible elements of practice) through an educational approach.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore new ways of recognizing the artistry of professional practice, and how this can fundamentally change the agenda for and process of practitioner research and professional development, and to educate practitioners in changing the way they see their practice.
Audience: The specific audience targeted is professional practitioners, practitioner teachers, and student practitioners. Managers in all the healthcare professions and in education are targeted as well.
Features: The book is divided into three parts: part one provides a basis for understanding the nature of professional practice in terms of artistry; part two focuses on specific examples of the arts and offers perspectives on the language and ideas endemic to critical appreciation of the arts; and part three focuses on some practical issues which might act as a starting point for professionals seeking to investigate the art of their professions and the artistry of their practice.
Assessment: The author skillfully delineates the need for professional artistry in practice through tracing the development of the technical rational paradigm, the social science paradigm, and the need for an artistic reflective research paradigm. This book is also a useful tool for understanding how professional development can be reshaped by making critical appreciation a central process, and how professionals can begin to educate and acquire a discerning eye — thereby enabling them to appreciate and develop their own artistry and that of the profession. This book is a worthwhile contribution to the field. However, student practitioners and professionals who are at their basic level of experience may find the conceptual basis of the book complex, and may lose sight of the new vision for practice.
Jayalakshmi Jambunathan
This book is an attempt to offer and explore a different vision of practice. The author explores the reasons for considering professional artistry (a holistic view incorporating both the visible and invisible elements of practice) through an educational approach. The purpose is to explore new ways of recognizing the artistry of professional practice, and how this can fundamentally change the agenda for and process of practitioner research and professional development, and to educate practitioners in changing the way they see their practice. The specific audience targeted is professional practitioners, practitioner teachers, and student practitioners. Managers in all the healthcare professions and in education are targeted as well. The book is divided into three parts: part one provides a basis for understanding the nature of professional practice in terms of artistry; part two focuses on specific examples of the arts and offers perspectives on the language and ideas endemic to critical appreciation of the arts; and part three focuses on some practical issues which might act as a starting point for professionals seeking to investigate the art of their professions and the artistry of their practice. The author skillfully delineates the need for professional artistry in practice through tracing the development of the technical rational paradigm, the social science paradigm, and the need for an artistic reflective research paradigm. This book is also a useful tool for understanding how professional development can be reshaped by making critical appreciation a central process, and how professionals can begin to educate and acquire a discerning eye -- thereby enabling them to appreciate anddevelop their own artistry and that of the profession. This book is a worthwhile contribution to the field. However, student practitioners and professionals who are at their basic level of experience may find the conceptual basis of the book complex, and may lose sight of the new vision for practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750630016
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/21/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mapping the territory - a brief overview of the argument; PART 1: Appreciating artistry: new approaches to professional development and practitioner research; Contextual matters: art and professionalism; Professional artistry: what sense does it make of practice?; Professional practice as art; mirage or vision?; Practitioner as artist: professional development through critical appreciation; New directions in practitioner research: investigating our professional practice as art; PART 2: Recognition and response: the traditions and practices of critical appreciation in the Arts; The language of appreciation 1: seeing and reading; The language of appreciation 2: watching and listening; PART 3: Cultivating an appreciative eye: some practical processes for professional development and research; Appreciation and the development of discernment: recognizing and preparing to capture the artistry in our practice; Practitioner research as artist: working on draft presentations of professional artistry; Portrait of the professional as artist: finding a voice, developing a vision; Deepening our appreciation of the artistry of practice: creating a critical commentary

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