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Seminar by Professor Tara Fenwick (University of Stirling) 'Professional responsibility and professionalism: a sociomaterial examination'

A Graduate School of Education seminar
Speaker(s)Professor Tara Fenwick (University of Stirling)
Date22 March 2016
Time17:00
PlaceSouth Cloisters 2.13

Issues of professional responsibility and professionalism are invoked frequently by concerned policy makers and a nervous public alike. In education, critical circles have grappled with the familiar disturbing representations and prescriptions that continue to circulate in the name of improving quality and responsibility.

Biography

Tara Fenwick is a Professor of Professional Education at the University of Stirling, UK, where she also is Director of ProPEL (international network for research in professional practice, education and learning). Currently she is a member of the ESRC Council and chairs the ESRC Capability Committee. Her research has focused on professional work and knowledge, with particular interest in actor-network and complexity theories to understand the sociomaterial dimensions of practice. Her most recent book is Professional responsibility and professionalism: a sociomaterial examination (Routledge 2016), and others include Reconceptualising Professional Learning: Sociomaterial knowledges, practices, responsibilities (edited with M Nerland, Routledge 2014), Governing Knowledge: comparison, knowledge-based technologies and expertise in the regulation of education (edited with J Ozga and E Mangez, Routledge 2014) and Emerging Educational Approaches: Tracing the Sociomaterial (with R Edwards and P Sawchuk, Routeldge 2011).


Abstract

Issues of professional responsibility and professionalism are invoked frequently by concerned policy makers and a nervous public alike. In education, critical circles have grappled with the familiar disturbing representations and prescriptions that continue to circulate in the name of improving quality and responsibility. Alongside these perspectives, various approaches that we might call ‘sociomaterial’ have been attracting interest in educational research, working upwards from the difficult, messy and highly complex material dynamics of everyday practice – the ‘matter’ of the matter.  I am interested in what insights these sociomaterial approaches might bring to questions of responsibility. How can we understand professional responsibility, if it is a ‘mattered’ and relational enactment? What practices of professional responsibility are suggested through such an approach? In this presentation I will examine changing social and material enactments of professional responsibility within the general undermining of professional work, knowledge and authority. I suggest particular governing regimes that appear to be wreaking important changes in the expectations and moral imperatives constituting professional responsibility.  Then, I turn to everyday practices of responsibility that professionals can and do employ. These are strategies that may knit practitioners, professional educators and communities into more affirmative possibilities – hopefully avoiding both the naïve idealism and inflated prescription that often seep into existing discourses of professionalism and professional responsibility.

Intended audienceStaff and students from the University of Exeter, visitors from other educational institutions and partnership schools.
Registration informationBooking is not required.
CostNone
OrganizerNatasha Simcock
Tel01392726409
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Attachments
Fenwick-Exeter.pptxPowerPoint slides (2150K)

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