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Professional responsibility under pressure?
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Utbildning och Demokrati)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9735-3440
Faculty of Educational Sciences (PFI), Oslo universitet, Oslo, Norway.
2011 (English)In: Professional responsibility: new horizons of praxis / [ed] Ciaran Sugrue, Tone Dyrdal Solbrekke, London: Routledge, 2011, p. 57-71Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Professional work is characterized by what might be called discretionary specialization, in which “discretion of fresh judgment must often be exercised if they are to be performed successfully” (Freidson 2001 p. 23).  What we focus upon in this chapter is how that kind of professional performance is situated in a field of force between the judgments made by professionals and instances controlling and evaluating this performance. We are also interested in how this discretionary specialization is established in different professional formation processes and we mean that there is an essential aspect of professional responsibility that has been somewhat neglected in previous research, namely the different meanings given to professional responsibility. It is not only a matter of how formation of professional responsibility takes place, but also one of what is given priority in the rhetoric of, education for, and practices of, professional responsibility. Our intention in this chapter is to contribute to a discussion of these questions. By bringing to the fore the concepts of (professional) ‘responsibility’ and ‘accountability’, we identify the tension between the two concepts and more insight is gained into the different logics and implications of ‘responsibility’ and ‘accountability’ regimes. We aim to make the elaboration and discussion as transparent as possible by distinguishing between these two concepts, in which we see certain tendencies and tensions. Consequently, this chapter concentrates on different meanings given to professional responsibility. Drawing on the idea of ‘social trustee professionalism’ and the recent rhetoric and practices of New Public Management, the concept of professional responsibility is deconstructed and discussed in light of the logics and implications generated by the use of the concepts of professional ‘responsibility’ and ‘accountability’. The analysis indicates 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 professionals while accounting systems support the overall purpose of professional work.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2011. p. 57-71
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Continuing professional development
Keywords [en]
professional responsibility, accountability, social trustee professinals
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20474ISBN: 978-0-415-61463-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-20474DiVA, id: diva2:461523
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Professional responsibility - new horizons of praxisAvailable from: 2011-12-04 Created: 2011-12-04 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved

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