On Becoming an Education Professional: A Psychosocial Exploration of Developing an Education Professional Practice
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Bainbridge, A. (2015) On Becoming an Education Professional: A Psychosocial Exploration of Developing an Education Professional Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
This book draws together a variety of detailed case studies to demonstrate the unique interaction between the past and the present which occurs within the professional education context. Using a psychosocial approach, Alan Bainbridge suggests that this process of identity or role formation requires the expectations and fantasies of the past to be negotiated at the unconscious, individual and social level. A focus on personal agency and dealing with the complexity inherent in education settings highlights the macro and micro negotiations new education professionals are required to undertake between the margins of the personal and professional to provide a more nuanced model for early professional development.