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ERIC Number: EJ892317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Two Hippocratic Oaths for Higher Education
Sharrock, Geoff
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v32 n4 p365-377 Aug 2010
This essay argues that due to a confluence of trends over the last two decades, today's universities rely on managerial professionalism far more than in the past. But the legitimacy of management in academic institutions remains in question, and is often seen as a threat to scholarly aims and values. Institutions may benefit from considering two "Hippocratic oaths" in parallel, one for scholarly work and one for managerial work. Two notional oaths are presented to contrast two distinct types of professionalism, each with a different logic. The comparison suggests there are some common values that are enacted differently, depending on the practitioner role. Recognising the professional agendas and different priorities of both roles in a university offers scope for good faith negotiation of conflicts between university scholars and managers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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