Fostering wise judgement

professional decisions in development programmes for early career engineers

Sally Hawse*, Leigh N. Wood

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper reviews literature that explores the role of judgement in professional practice. It discusses how workplace decisions, work activities and reflection on these activities may contribute to the development of wise judgements, or ‘wisdom’, and how workplaces can leverage these activities for induction and transition to work programmes. This review of the literature is prompted by survey results inviting engineering graduates and professionals to identify the capabilities they believe are most significant to success in the engineering workplace. The requirement for sound professional judgement resonates in participant responses. The paper summarises views of expertise, the relationship between experience and the development of professional judgement and the broader contribution of expansive and participatory learning environments to developing professional judgement. It concludes that the organisation of work and job design can facilitate the articulation of new engineers to professional practice, and that organisational learning programmes can leverage workplace activities to foster wise judgement in graduate engineers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-312
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Vocational Education and Training
Issue number2
Early online date3 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • new career engineers
  • Professional judgement
  • transition to work

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