Emerging conceptualisations on professional agency and learning
Eteläpelto, A. (2017). Emerging conceptualisations on professional agency and learning. In M. Goller, & S. Paloniemi (Eds.), Agency at Work : An Agentic Perspective on Professional Learning and Development (pp. 183-201). Springer Netherlands. Professional and Practice-based Learning, 20. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60943-0_10
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This chapter provides an evaluative summary of the major contributions from the first section of this book, comprising conceptualisations on professional agency and work-related learning. The evaluation focuses on the differences, similarities, and strengths of the approaches and conceptualisations touched on. The focus is, first of all, on how the core meanings of agency and the agentic perspective are understood. Secondly, the approaches are addressed according to their view of how the contextual aspects of working life relate to agency. Thirdly, attention is given to the practical conclusions deriving from different understandings of agency. The present chapter thus elaborates how these understandings relate to work-related learning, and to the development of work practices. It further discusses the implications of the different conceptualisations of agency for future research, and for the development of agentic practices at work, with attention given also to life-long career construction. On the basis of the summary, the chapter seeks to identify the most important gaps in current knowledge. These will require research on agency in work-related learning, and on individual lifelong career construction. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingI would like to warmly thank Donald Adamson for proofreading the manuscript. This work was supported by the Academy of Finland [grant number 288925, The Role of Emotions in Agentic Learning at Work].
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