This chapter highlights the essential role of discourse in learning and the development of physicians’ professional identity. Shared understanding and co-construction of clinical experiences—and learning—are mediated through talk. We argue how contemporary continuing professional development focuses on knowledge acquisition that is divorced from authentic clinical practice. We provide examples of structures that strengthen collective learning processes and steer the discourse of practice in ways that promote learning. Patient focused-quality improvement projects and simulations aligned to workplace needs could meet the requirement for continuous professional development to be both measurable and linked to authentic practice. Future work could usefully further explore how steering the talk of practice can promote learning.
|Title of host publication||Supporting Learning Across Working Life|
|Subtitle of host publication||Models, Processes and Practices|
|Editors||Stehpan Billett, Darryl Dymock, Sarojni Choy|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Series||Professional and Practice-based Learning|