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Professional learning in rural practice: a sociomaterial analysis

Professional learning in rural practice: a sociomaterial analysis Purpose – This paper aims to examine the professional learning of rural police officers. Design/methodology/approach – This qualitative case study involved interviews and focus groups with 34 police officers in Northern Scotland. The interviews and focus groups were transcribed and analysed, drawing on practice‐based and sociomaterial learning theories, by members of the research team. Findings – The two key skills for effective rural policing were mobilising available human and material resources in the moment, and learning how to police and live in a rural community. The professional learning of rural police is spatial, emergent, embodied and deeply enmeshed in specificities, and is developed through interactions between human and non‐human actors. Practical implications – This paper argues that, in order to understand professional learning, it is imperative to examine how work practices are fully entangled in social and material relations. Originality/value – Applying sociomaterial approaches to issues of professional learning can illuminate previously obscured actors and gives a fuller picture of how professional practice is developed, sustained and modified. Learning is conceived as attuning to available knowledge resources and drawing on the knowledge strategies that are the most productive in the moment. The issues raised in this paper pertain to other professionals working in rural areas, and more generally to the theoretical framing of professional practice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Workplace Learning Emerald Publishing

Professional learning in rural practice: a sociomaterial analysis

Journal of Workplace Learning , Volume 25 (2): 11 – Feb 15, 2013

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1366-5626
DOI
10.1108/13665621311299799
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to examine the professional learning of rural police officers. Design/methodology/approach – This qualitative case study involved interviews and focus groups with 34 police officers in Northern Scotland. The interviews and focus groups were transcribed and analysed, drawing on practice‐based and sociomaterial learning theories, by members of the research team. Findings – The two key skills for effective rural policing were mobilising available human and material resources in the moment, and learning how to police and live in a rural community. The professional learning of rural police is spatial, emergent, embodied and deeply enmeshed in specificities, and is developed through interactions between human and non‐human actors. Practical implications – This paper argues that, in order to understand professional learning, it is imperative to examine how work practices are fully entangled in social and material relations. Originality/value – Applying sociomaterial approaches to issues of professional learning can illuminate previously obscured actors and gives a fuller picture of how professional practice is developed, sustained and modified. Learning is conceived as attuning to available knowledge resources and drawing on the knowledge strategies that are the most productive in the moment. The issues raised in this paper pertain to other professionals working in rural areas, and more generally to the theoretical framing of professional practice.

Journal

Journal of Workplace LearningEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 15, 2013

Keywords: Practice‐based learning; Sociomateriality; Rural police; Professional learning; Police; Rural areas; Learning methods

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