Occupational Integration, Professional Identity, and Professional Development Three Closely Linked Concepts
From the outset, the author tackles the question of occupational integration with two examples that are representative yet different from the reality experienced by new college teachers. She provides an outline of the integration process relative to its duration, the construction of knowledge and competencies, socialization at work and identity transformation. She also suggests that occupational integration is one of the steps in the teacher’s professional development whose main concepts can be viewed through two perspectives: one, a developmental perspective, and the other centered on professionalization. The author goes on to emphasize how occupational integration plays a crucial role in professional identity and in fact, gives it meaning. She adds that the same is true for the commitment a teacher makes to professional development, also a result of professional identity. Finally, she reviews the link between the three concepts: occupational integration, professional development, and professional identity. To summarize, a harmonious occupational integration provides a solid foundation for developing professional identity, one that can promote a teacher’s commitment to his own professional development.
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