The Impostor Syndrome
The impostor syndrome is a psychological feeling of insufficiency or lack of confidence when doing a certain activity. Lack of self-confidence leads to individuals faking various aspects of their day to day activities such as; an adult learner engaging in discussions at school in pretense of contributing to the topic while in they could be learning new things. Is it really worth wasting ones energy in activities which are not directly benefiting an individual or which are not contributing to achievement of certain goals? The article gives a clear impression of the different ways in which individuals can apply pretence or else ways of imposing ones aspirations on other areas Argosy University, (2010).Most students who think they are inadequate usually impose their feelings on others while some of them who are not wiling to share end up engaging in dubious methods of handling their academic work.
Cases of inadequacy can result to an increase in cheating such that a student will impose a bright learner while they cover up their inefficiency by copying their assignments from colleague such that it would be difficult to identify the syndrome ArgosyUniversity, (2010).The impostor syndrome may act as a barrier towards achievement of a learner’s doctoral degree because at one point the student will be expected to carry out a research study. The study cannot be faked as the student has to go to the field and collect data this will pose a serious problem to a student who is used to copying work from others. The syndrome will have created a poor basis for the doctoral degree by failing to provide the necessary skills required to successfully handle extensive research work ArgosyUniversity, (2010).
Becoming a scholar-practitioner
A scholar-practitioner is an individual who never ceases form learning new things as well as applying the new information into practice. A scholar-practitioner is always informed about new developments in the field of academia and research which is enhanced by their thirst for knowledge. A practitioner incorporates what is learnt in class theoretically to practice when one is carrying out various activities in their area of specialization be it research, teaching or writing. Frequent as well as subsequent application of the knowledge increases the efficiency of the practitioner such that this aspect is encouraged ArgosyUniversity, (2010). There are various things which assist individuals aspiring to be practitioners such as identifying a mentor who has adequate experience in the field.
The mentor will act as a supervisor and as a role model such that the young practitioner will always look up to the mentor. Another important component of growth is the flexibility of an individual to learn new things such that the practitioner is able to keep abreast with all forms of changes in research and other areas in the field ArgosyUniversity, (2010).A major goal for promoting the progress of a young practitioner includes reading widely and obtaining a clear understanding of the profession. This involves meeting and obtaining advice from seniors as well as consulting relevant authorities who could provide the necessary information. The other goal which is equally important is learning to write in a reflective manner such that the reflective journal should be updated always ArgosyUniversity, (2010).
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