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ERIC Number: EJ932985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Professionals, Oaths and Flashbacks in the University
Leihy, Peodair
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v33 n4 p311-320 2011
The development of an oath for business managers, similar to the Hippocratic Oath, has inspired meditation upon similar oaths for academics and university managers. Such oaths are concerned with formulating and asserting the professionalism of the groups that might take them. This paper argues that, while a legitimate heuristic to help university managers to understand their work and that of those they manage, oaths are an inappropriate device to apply to scholars. Scholars neither form, in important respects, a profession in the way implied by the uncontested professional status enjoyed by doctors, nor as a group aspire to such recognition. Examples drawn from history illustrate the suppressive and un-scholarly atmosphere that has been enforced by oaths.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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