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Fuller, Alison; Unwin, Lorna – Vocations and Learning, 2017
Over 25 years ago, Brown and Duguid ("Organisation Science," 2(1), 40-57, 1991) highlighted the differences between the way organisations formally describe and delineate jobs and the actual practices of their employees. This paper combines ideas from their seminal contribution with theories of "job crafting" and identity to…
Descriptors: Unskilled Workers, Hospitals, Health Personnel, Professional Identity
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Juuti, Sini; Littleton, Karen – Vocations and Learning, 2012
The classical music academy is a site dominated by traditional meanings of creative practice and an image of the professional creative career as solo performer that is fully available to only a very few students after graduating. The purpose of the study reported in this paper is to explore career-young professional pianists' talk about the…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musicians, Creativity, Career Development
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Vähäsantanen, Katja; Hökkä, Päivi; Eteläpelto, Anneli; Rasku-Puttonen, Helena; Littleton, Karen – Vocations and Learning, 2008
Recent studies have described professional identity as the interplay between individual agency and social context. However, we need to understand how these are intertwined in different kinds of work settings. This paper focuses on teachers' professional identity negotiations as involving the work organisation, the professional community and…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Work Environment, Interviews, Experience
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Fenwick, Tara – Vocations and Learning, 2008
The general rise in contractors, particularly among knowledge workers negotiating "boundaryless" employment conditions, has generated interest in the nature and forms of contract work. This article explores the learning of contract workers as they negotiate these conditions, with a focus on women. Drawing from a qualitative study of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Nursing, Self Employment