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Message 5 of 8: Peter Mayes on 29/01/2013

Many thanks for the comments. No I (and Heather) were truely amaetur builders: read a book or two, learnt off others and made a few mistakes:)

I have just read: Evidence-Based Training Methods by Ruth C. Clark and a number of other papers on evidenced based practice (mainly medical). It was in one of these papers that the term 'professional' cropped up in relation to management (not being a profession). There was a call for the 'academics' and 'practitioners' to get together rather than being confrontational and blind to what each has to offer.

I have approached a couple of Universities to look at what they are doing in relation to occupational learning theories and practices but am not getting very far (other than them wanting a shed load of money to help out).

A medical doctor is a qualified, tested and hopefully competent member of a profession. If there is doubt about their practice the profession is able to evaluate and if necessary strike off. The same is so of Law, Arcitecture and significantly so of quite a few others. Within this context, the term 'Profession' seems easy to grasp. But as you elude to; what does it mean to be a professional trainer other that to get paid. That is a pretty low standard to define a discipline that can have such serious implications for a team, department, organisation or even a country.

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