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ERIC Number: EJ777329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
Building Professionalism in a Knowledge Society: Examining Discourses of Knowledge in Four Professional Associations
Karseth, Berit; Nerland, Monika
Journal of Education and Work, v20 n4 p335-355 Sep 2007
This article explores how contemporary professional associations employ discourses of knowledge as a means of promoting professionalism. By analysing policy documents from the Norwegian associations for teachers, nurses, engineers and accountants, we reveal dominant knowledge discourses and discuss how they serve to position the associations in distinct ways towards practitioners, working fields and the public community. Our analysis shows that the knowledge work of the four associations is constructed quite differently, and that this is related to differences in their notions of professional knowledge, their view on standardisation and the structure of their professional field. Moreover, all associations draw on several and partly contradictory discourses. Modern professionalism depends on a reflexive management of knowledge and learning within a context of negotiation between different concerns. We particularly discuss the challenge of balancing between professional-internal and -external demands. [This research was funded by The Research Council of Norway.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway