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Bringing professional resposibility back in, in a climate of accountability
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Utbildning och Demokrati)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9735-3440
2010 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research on how higher education institutions work with professional formation indicates that insufficient attention is currently paid to issues of professional responsibility and ethics. In the light of such findings, there is increasing concern about issues related to learning professional responsibility. This article concentrates on different meanings given to professional responsibility. Drawing on the ideas of ‘social trustee professionalism’ and the recent rhetoric and practices of New Public Management, the concept of professional responsibility is deconstructed and discussed in the light of the logics and implications generated by the use of the concepts of professional ‘responsibility’ and ‘accountability’. The analysis shows that mechanisms of accountability seem to be ‘triumphing’ over responsibility in today’s governance systems. It is argued that we need to ‘bring professional responsibility back in’, to ensure that moral and societal responsibilities become the driving force for professional performance, while accounting systems support the overall purpose of professional practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010.
Keyword [en]
Professional responsibility, accountability, social trustee professionals
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-10012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-10012DiVA: diva2:303865
Conference
NERA congress 2010
Available from: 2010-03-16 Created: 2010-03-16 Last updated: 2017-02-21Bibliographically approved

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