ERIC Number: EJ870707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
The Professionalism of Professors at German "Fachhochschulen"
Vogel, Michael P.
Studies in Higher Education, v34 n8 p873-888 Dec 2009
In the debate about the (de-)professionalising effects of current higher education reforms in Germany, the non-university institutions ("Fachhochschulen") have mostly remained silent. Unlike university professors, "Fachhochschul" professors do not seem to regard managerial and market-oriented reforms as a threat to their professionalism. While the reasons may not be hard to find, the question arises as to how "Fachhochschul" professors--who are tenured academics with years of work experience outside academia--construct their professional ideal. Based on a survey, this article develops a model of "Fachhochschul" professors' normative professionalism, analyses what prevents them from achieving it, and finds that professors perceive their substantial teaching obligation as the principal threat to their professionalism. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Administrative Change, College Faculty, Professional Recognition, Professional Autonomy, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany