At the nexus of learning and innovation
August 28, 2:00 pm

Tuesday 28 August 2018 from 2.00-3.30pm
in Room 612, Education Building A35, University of Sydney

Conceptualising educational design for professional identity development, a CRLI Seminar with Maryam Khosronejad


Tuesday 28 August 2018 from 2.00-3.30pm
in Room 612, Education Building A35, University of Sydney

Educators in higher education and professional development are highly concerned with facilitating the development of learners’ professional identities.  However, the underlying mechanism of professional-identity development in response to educational design is still an understudied area and requires further conceptualisation. 

In this seminar I introduce the implied identity approach to studying professional-identity formation by looking at the dynamic interplay of self and environment. Implied identity refers to different aspects of professional identity that are perceived by individuals as legitimate ways of being through interaction. The implied-identity framework extends the previous conceptualisation of learning as moving towards normative identities and instead proposes a view of learning as the process of negotiating implied identities

I apply the approach in an ethnomethodologically inspired case study to explore professional identity practices through a balanced investigation of learner agency and contextual constraints of instructional design. Findings suggest that the ongoing interplay between personal beliefs about the profession and the learning environment facilitates the emergence of professional identities. I further conceptualise educational design based on the findings of this study.

Keywords: higher education, implied identity, professional development, professional identity


MaryamMaryam Khosronejad is a final stage PhD candidate at the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation, University of Sydney and is currently working as a Lecturer (Teaching focused) at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. She has a mixed academic background in engineering and education. Her research interests include professional development in higher education, engineering and mathematics education, educational theory, and research methodology.




More about the event:

  • Room 612, Education Building A35
  • Tuesday 28 August 2018 from 2.00-3.30pm (join us from 1.45 for a coffee)
  • No registration needed, just come on the day
  • This seminar will not be recorded