Practitioner – Scholar Paper
The future of the field of psychology appears to be split between psychology as a profession (practitioner) and psychology as a science (scholar). Even though scholars and practitioners are two different practices, a learner’s development in their particular field depends on the ability of the individuals to do both. Gathercoal, K. A. and Adams, W. V. (2004) states practice and scholarship should never be separated; they are fully integrated.
The term scholar (Scholar, 2011) is defined as a person who has done advanced study in a special field; a learned person. Practitioner (Practitioner, 2011) is defined as one who practices a profession. In the interlacing of the two words, I would consider a scholar-practitioner as a learned individual with extensive knowledge in a particular field who focuses on research, teaching, and learning. Wasserman and Kram (2009) found that the term scholar-practitioner seemed to include, for all their interviewees, a cycle of producing and consuming knowledge in service of continuously improving how we practice and the effectiveness of the organizations we serve. Research and theory is the main focus of the scholar-practitioner. They are continuously seeking new knowledge and building on the skills and information they have already obtained to improve or better practice. I would define the practitioner-scholar as an individual actively working in a particular profession who obtains knowledge of current practices and research and implements or applies it to better serve their clientele. The main focus is to combine scholarly knowledge with professional outcomes.
The scholar-practitioner model would best describe me as a learner and a professional at this point. As a learner in the field psychology I will be awarded the opportunity to study or explore various areas in this field that will allow me to implement the findings or what I have learned to the work that I do...