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Tools for professional learning in business education

Taylor, T., Fallshaw, E., Lawson, R., Zanko, M. and Papadopoulos, T. (2011) Tools for professional learning in business education. In: ANZAM 2011, 7 - 9 December 2011, Wellington, New Zealand



Professional learning is widely used by business schools to develop students’ discipline and generic management skills. In this paper we define professional learning and describe its identified benefits and key characteristics. We overview our nation-wide study of 37 Au stralian business schools together with industry consultations which elicited the empirical data used to frame the professional learning typology presented in this paper. We outline our findings on tea ching approaches, good practice principles and enablers and impediments. Finally, we discuss how professional learning experiences that expose students to a professional environment and g lobal and local business practices can provide an effective opportunity for critical revi ew and reflection and enhance the transition from learner to professionally astute and responsible practitioner .

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