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Vähäsantanen, Katja; Räikkönen, Eija; Paloniemi, Susanna; Hökkä, Päivi; Eteläpelto, Anneli – Vocations and Learning, 2019
This study aimed to construct and validate a quantitative measurement instrument to determine the structure of professional agency in working life. Empirical data (N = 589) were collected via a web-based, theoretically informed questionnaire, within the professional domains of education, healthcare, rescue services, and information technology. The…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Individual Power, Professional Personnel, Questionnaires
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Valleala, Ulla Maija; Herranen, Sanna; Collin, Kaija; Paloniemi, Susanna – Vocations and Learning, 2015
Health care organizations are facing rapid changes, frequently involving modification of existing procedures. The case study reported here examined change processes and learning in a health care organization. The organizational change in question occurred in the emergency clinic of a Finnish central hospital where a new action model for…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Educational Opportunities, Workplace Learning, Case Studies
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Paloniemi, Susanna; Collin, Kaija – Vocations and Learning, 2012
This paper discusses how discursive power and creativity are found to be inter-related in a context not traditionally associated with creative work; the operating theatre of a hospital. Here, it is proposed that creativity relies on socio-cultural factors emphasizing the practical nature of creativity, and highlighting the fact that a large part…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Creativity, Hospitals, Social Influences
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Collin, Kaija; Paloniemi, Susanna; Virtanen, Anne; Eteläpelto, Anneli – Vocations and Learning, 2008
This paper analyses and discusses different constraints on workplace learning, vocational development and formation of identity. We ask how the learning and development of vocational identities are related to the various learning constraints and restrictions present in the socio-cultural contexts of the workplace. The study utilizes 20 interviews…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Questionnaires, Online Surveys, Vocational Education