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Relative distancing: a grounded theory of how learners negotiate the interprofessional.

Green, Christopher (2013) 'Relative distancing: a grounded theory of how learners negotiate the interprofessional.' J Interprof Care, 27 (1). 34 - 42. ISSN 1469-9567

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A number of extant educational, psychological and sociological theories have been suggested as possessing utility for interprofessional education (IPE). However, there is limited theory proposed that has been derived directly from data. This article adds to the theoretical toolkit by theorizing from data using constructionist grounded theorizing. This article discusses the grounded theorizing of participants' approaches to IPE and describes the social process of relative distancing, a collection of strategies employed by participants to construct their own professional identities and negotiate their way through interprofessional interactions. The categories of relative distancing are conceptualized as (1) integrating the professional and the interprofessional; (2) constellating and maintaining distance; (3) tensioning and manipulating distance and (4) the dimensions of distance. The first, and most theoretically integrative, category will be discussed in detail here. It was found that participants valued certain learning outcomes over others. They favored learning opportunities that were perceived to be of direct relevance to their own professional development and contributed finite personal resources to these. Resources were committed to those interprofessional learning opportunities where relevance was perceived and the conditions of co-presence (with other professions) and a context for interaction were achieved. The discussion draws links between the data and contemporary discourses of economics and identity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cooperative Behavior, Health Occupations, Humans, Interprofessional Relations, Learning, Psychological Theory, Social Identification, Students, Health Occupations
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Christopher Green
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2014 09:56
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2018 16:15

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