Work based, lifelong learning through professional portfolios: Challenge or reward?

Swallow, Veronica Mary, Clarke, Charlotte, Iles, Sally and Harden, Jane (2006) Work based, lifelong learning through professional portfolios: Challenge or reward? Pharmacy Education, 6 (2). pp. 77-89. ISSN 1560-2214

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As the world of work changes, UK pharmacists are increasingly required to recognise and articulate lifelong learning. College of Pharmacy Practice (CPP) portfolios were made available to 25 pharmacists in a single Workforce Development Confederation area. The evaluation reported here formed one strand of a larger study exploring CPD activity in the NHS. This strand aimed to describe and consider the ways in which pharmacists used the CPP portfolio as a vehicle to articulate their acquisition and use of practice based knowledge. Data were obtained through semi-structured interviews with nine pharmacists before and after using the portfolios (n = 18 interviews) and were analysed using "framework technique". Key emergent themes were "socialised learning" and "learning amplification", in particular the findings emphasised the importance of recognising:the advantages/disadvantages of work based (socialised) learning approaches; and the environment in which learning takes place and ensuring that learning can be "amplified" for the individual and the organisation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: continuing professional development, pharmacists, professional portfolios, work based learning
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2015 10:27
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 14:24

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