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Three forms of professional autonomy: De-professionalisation of teachers in a new light
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies. Örebro universitet.
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, ISSN eISSN 2002-0317, Vol. 1, no 2, 20-29 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/nstep.v1.28464Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a general tendency in research to claim that the teaching profession, like many other professions, has undergone substantial de-professionalisation in recent years. Such de-professionalisation is commonly explained with reference to lost professional autonomy. A problematic assumption that this article identifies is that lost professional autonomy at the general level more or less inevitably results in lost autonomy at the level of practice. In addition, an unspoken but frequently present assumption is that increased managerial power or autonomy to influence professional work will actually lead to decreased professional autonomy within the professional practice. Both these assumptions are problematised through the development and use of a three-level analysis of professional autonomy. General professional autonomy, collegial professional autonomy and individual autonomy are identified. The two latter forms of autonomy relate to professional practice. It is argued that on the basis of this levelling of professional autonomy, there are strong reasons to question the abovementioned assumptions and to study professional work at the organisational level, in particular with regard to managerial ideologies, philosophies, routines for evaluating teachers and organisational principles for professional work. Such managerial ideas and practices tend to influence the nature of teachers’ work and, correspondingly, professional autonomy at the practice level. Not least in a fragmented and decentralised school system, local conditions for professional autonomy exhibit a highly varying character.

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2015. Vol. 1, no 2, 20-29 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/nstep.v1.28464
Keyword [en]
autonomy, de-professionalisation, profession, teacher, Sweden
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260203DOI: 10.3402/nstep.v1.28464OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260203DiVA: diva2:846649
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2015-08-19

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