Professional learning as a response to societal challenges at this time of continuing struggle

Kaatrakoski, Heli; Charitonos, Koula and Littlejohn, Allison (2022). Professional learning as a response to societal challenges at this time of continuing struggle. In: Nordic-Baltic ISCAR, 14-16 Jun 2022, Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

The paper offers a case study of a project that examines professional learning as a response to the societal challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), defined as the ability of a microorganism to stop an antimicrobial from working against it. AMR has been identified as a significant global challenge. Reducing the effects of AMR requires a step change in learning and working in health-care settings. This study draws on cultural-historical activity theory to examine tensions expressed by professionals involved in AMR activities in three low- and middle-income countries. The qualitative study was based on 60 interviews. Tensions were analysed by thematic analysis and placing them within an activity system. The paper discusses these tensions inhibiting reconceptualization of moving towards the new activity, and four “opposing forces” for further analysis. It offers a critical reflection on how the findings informed educational researchers to navigate further tensions as the research project evolved.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 83315
  • Item Type
  • Conference or Workshop Item
  • Keywords
  • professional learning; CHAT; antimicrobial resistance; low-to-middle income countries
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Depositing User
  • Koula Charitonos

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