This book exemplifies the growing involvement of universities in professional education at its highest level. It also demonstrates the increasing importance of education for the professions in the work of universities. It contains a wealth of practical examples and ideas about how universities can respond to the changing needs of students' initial professional training, continuing professional development and lifelong learning. At the heart of the book is a series of analytical case studies of developing practices that respond to the challenges to higher education at the start of the new millennium. These chapters address important themes in developing professional HE: partnership, independent learning, reflective practice, new techlogies, intranets, world wide web, distance learning, the international dimension, work readiness, assessment and standards. Many of the case studies test out ideas in action. The result is a valuable handbook for practitioners of professional education in HE and an important resource for staff and educational developers and higher education managers.
Tom Bourner is Professor of Personal and Professional Development in the Faculty of Business at the University of Brighton. He heads the Management Development Research Unit and is responsible for the development of research into Higher Education across the university. Tim Katz is a Principal Lecturer in Engineering as well as a member of the Centre for Learning and Teaching, devising courses and teaching methods aimed at professional competence in design, engineering and higher education teaching. David Watson is Director of the University of Brighton. His academic interests are in the history of ideas and higher education policy. In the latter field he has contributed notably to developments in course design, in professional education and in institutional management.