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Constructing the dietetic student identity.: An analysis of students’ narratives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
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This paper is a contribution to the emerging research area concerning dietetic identity and professionalization. In the present study, I focus at how Swedish dietetic students’ narratives contribute to the construction of the dietitian identity and professional role.

At the dietetic program at Uppsala University, students were asked to write an anonymous narrative concerning the origin of their food interest and their way to the dietetic education. Their texts all had a clear narrative structure, starting in their childhood and ending up in present time. These texts were carefully read several times, from different analytic perspectives. The students participated in the analysis as a part of a course on scientific methods. The final analysis of the texts focused at how the students’ construction of narratives, through selection of memories, wording and other choices, can be connected to their ideas concerning what it is to be a clinical dietitian and a dietetic student. These ideas, in turn, contribute to the overall construction of the dietetic identity and professional role.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302943OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-302943DiVA: diva2:968991
7th Critical Dietetics Conference in Granada
Available from: 2016-09-13 Created: 2016-09-13 Last updated: 2016-09-13

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