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Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson, and Marek Perlinski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327196

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.001.0001

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The impact of education on professional identity

The impact of education on professional identity

(p.21) Two The impact of education on professional identity
Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare States

Kåre Heggen

Lars Inge Terum

Policy Press

This chapter discusses what impact education has on professional identity. Since the formation of professional identity is part of a process of socialisation, the chapter examines the impact of education, while identifying mechanisms that may contribute to the development of professional identity. The chapter shows that professional identity is developed through interactions between different actors as teachers, supervisors and peers. However, since tensions often exist within different subjects during education (e.g. psychology and law), as well as between different actors, students have to develop a professional identity through interaction with actors who represent slightly different approaches and traditions. This tension poses a challenge for students in the process of forming a professional identity.

Keywords:   education, professional identity, socialisation, students

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