Professional Practices: Commitment and Capability in a Changing Environment

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Transaction Publishers - 281 pages
"Practicing professionals will benefit from this insight into how people in their own and other professions cope with similar problems. Becher's volume will be particularly appealing to educationists, policymakers, and social scientists interested in the subject of professionalism, those involved in the provision of initial and mid career change for the professions, and those with a lay interest in the topic."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Table des matières

The Demands of Domesticity
116
The Channeling of Careers
118
Social Deprivations
120
Attitudes and Feelings
123
The Picture in Perspective
125
Notes
128
Capability
131
Continuing Professional Development
133

The Six Professions
13
Pharmacy
18
Law
22
Accountancy
25
Architecture
28
Structural Engineering
30
Relations between the Professions
33
Professional Bodies and Commercial Agencies
40
Notes
49
Change
53
Pressures for Change
55
The Effects of Legislation and National Policy
57
Economic Pressures
61
Internationalism
63
Client Attitudes
66
The Business Ethos
69
The Rise of Managerialism
70
Knowledge Development
73
The Emergence of Specialisms
75
The Impact of Information Technology
77
The Cumulation of Change
80
Notes
81
Commitment
83
Professional Careers
85
The Great and the Small
88
Recruitment and Initial Training
91
Specialization and Advanced Qualifications
94
The Later Career Stages
98
Career Benefits and Disbenefits
101
Ending a Career
104
Notes
107
Women Professionals
109
Forms of Gender Discrimination
112
Providing and Implementing CPD
141
Practitioners Attitudes and Motivation
145
Aspects of Course Provision
149
Contextual Courses
153
The Margins of Formality
161
Notes
166
Informal Learning
167
ResourceBased Activities
173
PracticeBased Activities
181
PracticeRelated Activities
185
Interpersonal Activities
190
Characteristics of Informal Learning
197
Notes
199
Questions of Quality
203
Rotten Apples and Whistle Blowing
207
Modes of Procedure
212
Organizationally Based Quality Assurance
214
Individually Based Quality Assurance
217
Organizationally Based Quality Control
218
Individually Based Quality Control
222
Quality and Professional Life
224
Notes
225
Retrospect
227
Conclusion
229
Variations and Similarities
231
Notes
238
The Role of the Universities
239
Methodological Issues
245
Notes on Respondents
251
References
259
Index
269
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