Bristol Conversations in Education-Re-thinking professionalism for 21st century working life: a radically different conceptualisation

Postponed

8 April 2020, 12.00 PM - 8 April 2020, 1.00 PM

Professor Linda Evans, (Professor of Education, and Associate Dean for Academic and Research Staff Development), University of Manchester

Room 4.05/4.06 School of Education

This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series. These seminars are free and open to the public.

Professor Linda Evans, (Professor of Education, and Associate Dean for Academic and Research Staff Development), University of Manchester https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/linda.evans.html

The sociology of professions has moved on at some pace since around the turn of the millennium. Being no longer aligned with the realities of 21st-century working life, traditional notions and conceptualisations of professions and professionalism that prevailed during the 20th century are considered outmoded, and trait-based criteria for who or what counts as professionals or as a profession have lost their academic currency. Sociologist of professions Julia Evetts, for example, has argued against drawing a distinction between professions and other occupations, and Dutch professor of public management Mirko Noordegraaf has identified three forms of present-day professionalism that indicate a shift from ‘pure’ to ‘hybrid’ professionalism. Linda Evans’s conceptualisation of professionalism represents such radically new scholarship.

In this guest lecture, she will argue that professionalism should no longer be considered the kitemark of quality in relation to how people do their jobs, denoting ‘exemplary’ or ‘praiseworthy’ practice; rather, as a notion that conveys the multidimensional nature of how anyone goes about her or his work, professionalism equates simply to people’s mode of being in the context of their work. She will outline the implications for research and scholarship of her widely cited conceptual model of professionalism’s componential structure, and explain how researchers of professionalism may incorporate greater rigour into their work by using the model as an analytical framework.

The seminar is followed by a Doctoral Roundtable, from 1pm til 2.30pm. Please register to attend.

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