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ERIC Number: EJ830930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
"Smoke and Mirrors": An Examination of the Concept of Professionalism within the FE Sector
Spenceley, Lydia
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v11 n3 p289-302 Oct 2006
This paper takes as its focus the much contested concept of professionalism in the context of Further Education (FE). The notion of professionalism per se is discussed and its "fitness for purpose" in terms of the FE sector examined. The difficulty in identifying the basis of "professionalism" in the sector is explored through an examination of the impact that the re-positioning of FE as a market-oriented servant of the economy, via the imposition of various government agendas (marketisation, managerialism and performativity), has had on the role of the educator in the sector. The paper concludes by suggesting that there is a "new professionalism" emerging amongst those working within the sector based not on the traditional imperatives of subject expertise and professional knowledge, but on that of continuously updated transferable skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom