Review and Reflections of Chapters

Anne McKee, Michael Eraut

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The link between identity and the lifespan learning of practitioners, professional groups and organisations has provided a lens with which to understand the mutual interactions between the contexts and conditions within which learning takes place, what is being learned and how it is being learned. The external contexts examined include policy, technological innovation, economic factors and a range of national and global trends. Each of these contexts helps shape what the nineteenth-century English essayist William Hazlitt and twentieth-century historian Asa Briggs have called ‘The Spirit of the Age’. This essentially historical concept offers a way of thinking about the ‘time’ or period in which we live, what characterises that time and the kind of changes it fosters. Identity and shifts in identity help us understand ‘The Spirit of the Age’ from a learning perspective. The formation and transformation of identity over the professional lifespan help us explore the relationship between a complex set of changes and their implications for professional practice and professional learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning Trajectories, Innovation and Identity for Professional Development
EditorsAnne McKee, Michael Eraut
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-007-1724-4
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-1723-7
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameInnovation and Change in Professional Education


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