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Exploring Professionalism

Exploring Professionalism

Paperback Bedford Way Papers

Edited by Bryan Cunningham, Contributions by Deborah Andrews, Contributions by Stephen J. Ball, Contributions by Ronald Barnett, Contributions by Penny Jane Burke, Contributions by David Crook, Contributions by Christine Edwards, Contributions by Ingrid Lunt, Contributions by Louise Morley, Contributions by Sally Power

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  • Publisher: Institute of Education Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 208mm x 18mm | 59g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0854738053
  • ISBN 13: 9780854738052
  • Illustrations note: 1 black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 598,789

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Exploring key issues in professional life such as how we define ourselves, how we learn as professionals, and what impact current changes and challenges are having on the nature of professional work, this book will offer a rounded selection of perspectives on professional life, as offered by some of the UK's most distinguished scholars in the field. Featuring contributions from leading academics and specialists, this book will be useful to those individuals who are embarking on or already engaging in work on a professional doctorate, while also appealing to a broader readership who are interested in the range of issues affecting professionals who work in education, in its most all-embracing sense.

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Bryan Cunningham is Director of Quality Assurance and Enhancement in the Institute of Education, University of London's Faculty of Policy and Society. He also leads the EdD module 'Foundations of Professionalism'. He was formerly course leader for the master's in teaching and learning in higher and professional education. Deborah Andrews has worked in or around education since graduating in English from Oxford in the 1970s. She went from educational publishing into teaching and, since completing her doctorate at the Institute of Education, University of London, where her supervisor was Bryan Cunningham, has worked in widening participation in higher education, first at King's College London and now at Queen Mary University of London, where she is Peer Mentoring Coordinator. Stephen J. Ball is Karl Mannheim Professor of the Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. His work is in 'policy sociology' and he has conducted a series of ESRC-funded studies which focus on issues of social class and policy. His publications include Education Plc (Routledge, 2007) and Education Policy and Social Class (Routledge, 2006), and with Carol Vincent, Childcare Choice and Class Practices (Routledge, 2005). At the time of publication, Ronald Barnett was Pro-Director for Longer Term Strategy and Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. His work has been principally that of developing a social philosophy of higher education. His books include A Will to Learn: Being a student in an age of uncertainty (OUP, 2007); The Idea of Higher Education (OUP, 1990); and Realizing the University in an Age of Supercomplexity (OUP, 2000), among others. At the time of publication, Penny Jane Burke was Head of Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London. She was course tutor on the MA in higher and professional education, which offers a broad approach to understanding changes in higher education in relation to interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks, policy developments and professional practices. She was also the Chair of the Institute's Widening Participation Committee. At the time of publication, David Crook was Senior Lecturer in History of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, a former Secretary of the UK History of Education Society and joint editor designate of History of Education. A former secondary school teacher, he has published widely, especially in the fields of selective and comprehensive secondary education and teacher training. Christine Edwards worked in London comprehensive schools and further education colleges for 16 years before joining the Open College Network, where she worked on developing access to higher education programmes. Christine has taught on a number of teacher education programmes at the Institute of Education, University of London. Ingrid Lunt is Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Oxford, Department of Education. Prior to moving to Oxford, she was Dean of the Doctoral School at the Institute of Education, University of London. Louise Morley is a Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER) at the University of Sussex. Her previous posts were at the Institute of Education, University of London, the University of Reading and the Inner London Education Authority. Louise has international interests in the field of sociology of higher education studies. Sally Power is Professorial Fellow at the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. Previously, she was head of the School of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has extensive experience of working with professionals on a variety of master's and doctoral programmes. Geoff Whitty was Director of the Institute of Education, University of London, 2000-2010. His main areas of teaching and research are the sociology of education, education policy and teacher education. He has led evaluations of major educational reforms in the UK, including the assisted places scheme, changes in initial teacher education and provision for pupil voice in schools. At the time of publication, Professor Sir David Watson was Professor of Higher Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. Between 1990 and 2005 he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton.

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The inclusion of this title in core or recommended reading lists for academic courses focussing on professional learning is worthy of consideration. -- Dr June Mitchell, University of Strathclyde Education Today This book has much to say about professionalism in other professions, from which academics can profit if they themselves want to achieve a greater professionalism. -- Lewis Elton, University of Gloucestershire Times Higher Education

Table of contents

Foreword by Professor Sir David Watson Preface Notes on contributors 1 Consciousness in transition: the experience of doctoral study by Deborah Andrews and Christine Edwards 2 Some historical perspectives on professionalism by David Crook 3 Changing modes of teacher professionalism: traditional, managerial, collaborative and democratic by Geoff Whitty 4 Performativity, privatisation, professionals and the state by Stephen J. Ball 5 Ethical issues in professional life by Ingrid Lunt 6 The micropolitics of professionalism: power and collective identities in higher education by Louise Morley 7 The challenges of widening participation for professional identities and practices by Penny Jane Burke 8 The imaginative professional by Sally Power 9 Critical incidents in professional life and learning by Bryan Cunningham 10 Critical professionalism in an age of supercomplexity by Ronald Barnett