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ERIC Number: EJ1004945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0145-935X
The Quest for (Higher) Professional Status: Second Thoughts
Baizerman, Michael
Child & Youth Services, v34 n2 p186-195 2013
The sociopolitical movement to enhance youth workers' occupational status and related emoluments strategically links this goal to competency-based assessment. While the goals of improved conditions, remuneration, and career opportunities for workers is supported, the joining of those goals to both professionalization and in turn competency-based worker assessments is not. Brief analyses of the logic and practice of competency-based assessments, of the medieval guilds as a historical source of these and of worker and market control, of youth work as a social agency-based semi-profession, the current status of profession as a symbol of social status and authority, and a quick overview of Aristotle's phronesis and its relevance to youth work practice provide sources for the author's second thoughts about the ideational frame and argument for this sociopolitical and sociolegal movement. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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