Being Professional: Students Struggling in School and Traineeship

Anne Winther Jensen

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    The paper discusses students' process of acquiring a feeling of being professionals within a vocational education programme for elderly care in Denmark. The focus is on what seems to be a paradox within the programme: the future care helper being constructed within the overall term ‘the professional care helper’ in the school setting but the job being closely related to daily life's routine tasks; the paper points to difficulties for students in identifying the exact content of the term ‘professional’. Furthermore students seem to be uncertain about their ‘professionalism’ in relation to other health professionals, when they are in the work place setting. The analysis indicates that the care work programme still struggles to make a clear distinction between the former non-paid female domestic work and the current work carried out by the care workers. The analysis mobilises the concept ‘storyline’, c.f. Bronwyn Davies and the empirical material consists of observations and interviews in the theoretical periods and in the traineeships.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date9 May 2012
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2012
    EventProPel International Conference: Professionl Practice, Education and Learning - University of Stirling, UK, Stirling, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 May 201211 May 2012


    ConferenceProPel International Conference
    LocationUniversity of Stirling, UK
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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