ERIC Number: EJ718931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 64
On the Making and Taking of Professionalism in the Further Education Workplace
Gleeson, Denis; Davies, Jenifer; Wheeler, Eunice
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n4 p445-460 Sep 2005
This paper examines the changing nature of professional practice in English further education. At a time when neo-liberal reform has significantly impacted on this under-researched and over-market-tested sector, little is known about who its practitioners are and how they construct meaning in their work. Sociological interest in the field has tended to focus on further education practitioners as either the subjects of market and managerial reform or as creative agents operating within the contradictions of audit and inspection cultures. In challenging such dualism, which is reflective of wider sociological thinking, the paper examines the ways in which agency and structure combine to produce a more transformative conception of the further education professional. The approach contrasts with a prevailing policy discourse that seeks to re-professionalise and modernise further education practice without interrogating either the terms of its professionalism or the neo-liberal practices in which it resides.
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Change, College Faculty, Continuing Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Professional Development, Teacher Competencies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)