Towards Professional Wisdom: Practical Deliberation in the People Professions

Towards Professional Wisdom: Practical Deliberation in the People Professions


By (author) Liz Bondi, By (author) David Carr, By (author) Chris Clark, By (author) Cecelia Clegg


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 20mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1409407438
  • ISBN 13: 9781409407430
  • Illustrations note: includes c. 4 tables
  • Sales rank: 453,927

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People professions - such as social work, teaching, nursing, ministry and counselling - are at heart ethical or moral enterprises. Much recent theorizing has been concerned to show that effective professional deliberation and judgement cannot be reduced either to technical rationality or to simple obedience to general occupational procedures or prescriptions. Professional judgement would seem to require the development of a distinctive mode of practical (ethical) reflection or 'wisdom' - perhaps along the lines of Aristotle's 'phronesis' or practical wisdom. Reflection is required to address such key professional concerns as: What is the impact of official prescription and regulation on professional judgement? How should conflicts of professional judgement and public/political accountability be resolved? How might one reconcile tensions between universal justice and equality and particular client need? And what is the role of emotion and/or affect in 'people professional' practice? This ground-breaking work addresses, in a thoroughly multidisciplinary way, the central question of the nature of professional judgement and deliberation that has recently come to the fore in the academic literature of profession and professionalism. It proposes a marked shift - in theory, practice and policy-making - away from technical-rational approaches to professional decision-making in favour of reflection and deliberation informed by responsible moral judgement. This reflects a significant progressive trend in this literature by taking practical wisdom, rather than technical rationality, to lie at the heart of professional judgement. It is unique in bringing together key authors from different professional fields to address the issue of professional wisdom in a cross-professional and multidisciplinary way.

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Author information

Liz Bondi is Professor in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh, UK. David Carr is Professor in Educational Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Chris Clark is Professor in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Dr Cecelia Clegg, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Table of contents

Introduction: towards professional wisdom, David Carr, Liz Bondi, Chris Clark and Cecelia Clegg; Part 1 Practical Wisdom and Professional Deliberation: 'Professional wisdom' in 'practice', Joseph Dunne; Expertise - initiation into learning, not knowing, Michael Luntley; Evidence-based practice and professional wisdom: can we teach moral discernment?, Daniel Vokey and Jeannie Kerr; Teacher education as a missed opportunity in the professional preparation if ethical practitioners, Elizabeth Campbell.; Part 2 The Personal and Affective Dimension of Professional Engagement: Virtue, character and emotion on people's professions: towards a virtue ethics if interpersonal professional conduct, David Carr; Some Aristotelian reflections on teachers' professional identities and the emotional practice of teaching, Kristjan Kristjansson; On the gender of professional wisdom, Liz Bondi; Work is where we live: emotional literacy and the psychological dimensions of the various relationships there, Susie Orbach; The wisdom of L'Arche and the practices of care: disability, professional wisdom and encounter-in-community, John Swinton.; Part 3 Legislation, Regulation and Professional Judgement: Fabled uncertainty in social work, Sue White; Crowding out wisdom: the mechanisation of adult-child relationships, Kathleen Marshall and Maggie Mellon; Ministry, homelessness and professional deliberation, Alison Elliot; Pastoral supervision: ministry, spirit and regulation, Cecelia Clegg; Not a tame lion: psychotherapy in a safety-obsessed culture, Nick Totton; Index.