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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.