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Education design through constructive alignment places importance on the links between a professional framework of practice, graduate profiles, learning outcomes, and assessments.
But in post-graduate professional practice computing education involving practicing IT professionals, the professional framework of practice is often complex, dynamic, and unique to each learner. The literature describes understandings of professional identity but there is little research into the professional identities of computing professionals and less on the development of these through computing education journeys.
In this paper, we take an auto-ethnographic action research approach to examine the evolution of an experienced IT practitioner (first author) as he undertakes a Masters of Professional Practice. We describe the professional identity of the author at seven stages through the learning journey and show an evolution of how this identity provides more than just support for the learning journey, to a great extent it is the journey. We expect this work to be of interest to those teaching in computing education, particularly those developing graduate programmes, and to those interested in furthering understanding of what it means to be a computing professional.
Gallaway Cook Allan
Jamie is the ICT Manager of a busy Dunedin law firm, a member of the ITPNZ Southern Committee and recently graduated with a Master of Professional Practice degree in IT Management. Formerly a consulting and managed services engineer, Jamie has had over 14 years experience supporting a wide range of services delivery and business IT requirements of many industries throughout New Zealand.
Through SIGNAL ICT Grad School and CapableNZ, Jamie’s MProfPrac studies focused on a review of Professional Identity within the IT community; following this, Jamie is an advocate of ongoing professional and technological education, both for ourselves as practitioners as well the individuals and businesses that we support.
Capable NZ, Otago Polytechnic
Eastern Institute of Technology