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Co-creating professional knowledge through learning partnerships: The WA Police-Edith Cowan University, ASPIRE Officer Development Program

Gardner, S., Blevins, A. and Taylor, T. (2006) Co-creating professional knowledge through learning partnerships: The WA Police-Edith Cowan University, ASPIRE Officer Development Program. In: Teaching and Learning Forum 2006: Experience of Learning, 1 - 2 February, University of Western Australia, Perth

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Abstract

The paper focuses on the potential of learning partnerships to co-create knowledge that is relevant to specific 21st century industry and government needs. It is argued that these needs and the dynamic and complex environments in which they are framed, demand a new set of professional knowledge competences and a more integrative, cross-disciplinary approach to program design and supporting research activity. This reflects a long standing, but little heeded, critique in the academic and business literature, of the poor fit between dominant scientific approach to knowledge creation and dissemination offered in Australian Universities, through traditional business research and teaching activities, and the complexities of the working world. Opportunities to improve the quality of the industry/ government/ university knowledge nexus, are explored through brief discussion of successful partnership structures and precedents from the UK, USA, and Scandinavia. A profile of the ASPIRE Western Australia Police, officer development program is then presented as case example of creation of professional knowledge relevant to the challenges of policing in an increasingly complex, diverse societal and whole of government context. Following a discussion of the context and pedagogical design of ASPIRE and preceding officer development activity from 2002-2005, future development options for the ASPIRE program will be considered.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/39186
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