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The impact of developmental relationships on the learning of practice competence for new graduates

Catherine Lombardozzi (Vanguard University, Vanguard, Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA)
Andrea Casey (Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 4 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This study of the impact of relationships on the development of practice competence in new graduates entering the workforce aims to contribute to the understanding of relational learning activities and enrich the knowledge about the overall process of learning practice skill.

Design/methodology/approach

This research used a qualitative interview methodology with thematic data analysis.

Findings

Findings revealed that the process of learning through relationships involved an iterative interplay between specific developer‐led teaching activities, learner‐led activities in interaction with others, and learner action and cognitive processing.

Originality/value

A model for the process of learning through relationships specifically for new graduates who have academic backgrounds in their fields of practice is proposed.

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Citation

Lombardozzi, C. and Casey, A. (2008), "The impact of developmental relationships on the learning of practice competence for new graduates", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 20 No. 5, pp. 297-315. https://doi.org/10.1108/13665620810882914

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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