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Title: The professionalisation of teaching in higher education in the UK : perceptions and understandings
Author: Dennison, Paul Henry
ISNI:       0000 0004 7963 3758
Awarding Body: University of Greenwich
Current Institution: University of Greenwich
Date of Award: 2017
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Since the foundation of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2003, professionalisation of teaching in Higher Education (HE) has had a championing organisation, whose remit includes the accreditation of initial teacher education qualifications and institutional professional recognition schemes, the two routes by which teaching academics achieve the HEA's fellowship credential, FHEA. This thesis uses a staged research process to explore the perceptions of teaching academics about the impact and equivalence of the two routes into "the profession", and what they understand by "being [a] professional". In stage one, a group of teaching academics at University of Greenwich were interviewed and their contributions analysed thematically. One area of consensus - what they understood by "being [a] professional" - suggested a framework of orientations that teaching professionals have "responsibility for" and "duty towards". This, in turn, suggested a congruence with the motivations that obtained when the professions developed as clerical specialisations, during the Middle Ages, and which emerge in new but recognizably related forms ever since. The concept(s) of professionalism are re-emergent. They are socially robust. In stage two, the study was widened to include interviews with educational developers at three other Higher Education Institutions from diverse mission groups revealing notable variation in the way professionalisation was implemented across the sector. The framework of orientations crystallized as a model for the "logic" of an ideal-type individual professional, consistent with Freidson's (2001) "third logic" of collective professionalism. In stage three, key outcomes were critically evaluated in a free-text questionnaire to norm circles of teaching academics, experienced in implementing the two routes, and also to the original interviewees. The results lend considerable warrant to the model for the "logic" of an ideal-type professional. Other research outcomes have implications for the increased governmentality in the HE sector brought to bear through the (2016) Teaching Excellence Framework.
Supervisor: McNay, Ian ; Smith, John Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LB2300 Higher Education