Developing Practice Knowledge for Health Professionals


  • Joy Higgs, BSc, GradDipPty, MPHEd, AM, PhD, Strategic Research Professor in Professional Practice, The Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning & Education (RIPPLE); Director, The Education for Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University
  • Barbara Richardson, PhD, MSc, MErgs, Senior Lecturer, School of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, School of Health, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • Madeleine Dahlgren, PhD, Professor of Medical Education at the Department of Medicine and Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Linkoping, Linkoping, Sweden

Health care professionals in the ever-changing world of contemporary medicine encounter challenges in the adequacy and capacity of their knowledge. This text explores these issues and helps the reader to develop their knowledge to meet the needs of the community. It provides a helpful reference to any kind of professional, whether from practice, education, or research backgrounds.
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Book information

  • Published: February 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-5429-6

Table of Contents

1. Recognizing practice epistemology in the health professions
2. Redefining the reflective practitioner:
3. Revisiting the philosophical roots of practical knowledge
4. Practice knowledge - its nature, sources, and contexts
5. Professions as communities of practice
6. Practice knowledge - critical appreciation
7. Blending self and professional - knowledge in person-centred care
8. The use and generation of practice knowledge in the context of regulating systems and moral frameworks
9. Challenging evidence in evidence-based practice
10. The role of practitioners in developing professional knowledge and practice
11. Clinical reasoning and practice knowledge
12. Practice epistemology: implications for education, practice and research