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The value of informal workplace learning for police education teachers’ professional development
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7232-1079
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Police Education Unit at Umeå University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1846-8643
2022 (English)In: Journal of Workplace Learning, ISSN 1366-5626, E-ISSN 1758-7859, Vol. 34, no 7, p. 593-608Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to explore Swedish police education teachers’ informal workplace learningand its perceived value for their professional development. Two categories of teachers, police teachers and universityteachers,with different professional knowledge and experience, work together at the police education unit.

Design/methodology/approach – The method used was in-depth interviews with teachers working at aSwedish police education unit.

Findings – Informal workplace learning was perceived by both teacher groups to be of great value forgaining knowledge about the local practice and for their professional development. Their learning emerged indiscussions, observations and practically oriented activities in their daily work. Four conclusions: firstly, theteachers’ informal workplace learning was socially and practice-oriented and learning emerged in acollaborative, reciprocal and active process. Secondly, the embodied nature of the learning is evident in theteachers’ joint activities in the teaching practice. Thirdly, it takes time and active involvement in the localpractice to become a professional teacher in this kind of education. Fourthly, an educational structure whereacademic knowledge and experience can be integrated with police knowledge and experience constitutes animportant basis for teachers’ professional development in police education and training.

Originality/value – The study’s focus on police education and the professional development of teachers inthis specific practice contributes to increased knowledge of the social, practice-oriented and embodied natureof informal workplace learning.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2022. Vol. 34, no 7, p. 593-608
Keywords [en]
Informal workplace learning, Teacher professional development, Police education
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-195550DOI: 10.1108/JWL-04-2021-0040ISI: 000783689400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85129219034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-195550DiVA, id: diva2:1661957
Available from: 2022-05-30 Created: 2022-05-30 Last updated: 2022-08-22Bibliographically approved

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