Bedford Way Papers Series 33

Exploring Professionalism

October 2008
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  • Publisher
    UCL IOE Press
  • Published
    27th October 2008
  • ISBN 9780854738052
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 5.75" x 8.5"

Some of the key issues in professional life in education are: how does a teacher define him or herself; how does she/he learn as a professional; and what impact current changes and challenges are having on the nature of professional work.

This book will offer a rounded selection of perspectives on professional life, as offered by some of the UK's most distinguished scholars in the field. The book will be useful to those individuals who are embarking or already engaging in work on a professional doctorate while also appealing to a broader readership who are interested in the range of issues affecting professionals who work in education, in its most all-embracing sense.

"It is ... an appropriate time to give deep consideration to the future of the professions. This has been admirably fulfilled in this collection. The issues of professional knowledge, institutions, power, ethics, work-patterns and identities are explored afresh in this scholarly work."

Eric Hoyle - University of Bristol, Emeritus Professor of Education

"This book provides several new perspectives on professionalism, which I look forwad to thinking through in depth."

Michael Eraut - University of Sussex, Professor Emeritus

Foreword—Professor Sir David Watson; Preface—Bryan Cunningham; Acknowledgements; Biographies of Contributing Authors; 1) Consciousness in Transition: The Experience of Doctoral Study—Debbie Andrews and Christine Edwards; 2) Some Historical Perspectives on Professionalism—David Crook; 3) Changing Modes of Teacher Professionalism: Traditional, Managerial, Collaborative and Democratic—Geoff Whitty; 4) Performativity, Privatisation, Professionals and the State—Stephen Ball; 5) Ethical Issues in Professional Life—Ingrid Lunt; 6) The Micropolitics of Professionalism: Power and Collective Identities in Higher Education—Louise Morley; 7) The Challenges of Widening Participation for Professional Identities and Practices—Penny Jane Burke; 8) The Imaginative Professional—Sally Power; 9) Critical Incidents in Professional Life and Learning—Bryan Cunningham; 10) Critical Professionalism in an Age of Supercomplexity—Ron Barnett.

Bryan Cunningham

Bryan Cunningham is Senior Lecturer in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.