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ERIC Number: EJ804254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Professional Responsibility as Legitimate Compromises--From Communities of Education to Communities of Work
Solbrekke, Tone Dyrdal
Studies in Higher Education, v33 n4 p485-500 Aug 2008
This article focuses on the formation of conceptions of professional responsibility. Perspectives developed by the moral philosopher Larry May, supported by the social theory of learning, constitute the main analytical tools for the interpretation of law and psychology students' conceptions of professional responsibility by the end of higher education and after a year at work. Consistent with May, individual conceptions of professional responsibility are understood as legitimate compromises. The findings indicate that, although conceptions of professional responsibility do not change profoundly in the transition from education to work, they are renegotiated in work contexts. Such a result invites teachers in professional programmes to reflect upon how students may be encouraged to develop a moral awareness of professional responsibility robust enough to meet the complex challenges in working life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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