Are the complexities of professional practice supported by university policy?
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Many university degree programs require some form of professional accreditation through industry experience therefore it is desirable that the administration and delivery of these university programs reflect and support industry standards and needs. In practice, however, industry standards are frequently sacrificed in the current consumer-based university culture where the individual rights and needs of students are protected by university policies that take precedence over industry and professional requirements. In this paper we locate and examine the tensions that exist between the political agenda of the university and the development of professionalism of pre-service teachers and nurses. It questions how well university policies support and reflect the professional standards and requirements of both teaching and nursing in their teacher and nurse education programs. We use a case study of one university in Queensland and the way in which this institution negotiates the challenges and dilemmas that it faces in applying policy to the requirements of industry placement during pre-service programs of teachers and nurses. The purpose of this paper is to stimulate debate and raise awareness of the ever-increasing complexities of professional practice and the need to reflect this in academic policy.
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