Academics’ professionalism and quality mechanisms: Challenges and tensions

Cheng, Ming (2009) Academics’ professionalism and quality mechanisms: Challenges and tensions. Quality in Higher Education, 15 (3). pp. 193-205. ISSN 1470-1081

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This paper provides an insight into the debate about academic work as a profession. It refers to the sociology of professions and explores how academics in a pre‐1992 university in England understood their work as a profession and how they interpreted their professionalism in the context of an audit culture for teaching. It reveals that academics’ professionalism has affected their attitudes towards audit‐related quality mechanisms and resulted in a perceived tension between professional values and the audit. This tension was caused by the perceived bureaucracy of the audit, its time cost and the perception that the audit is a symbol of distrust in the professionalism of academics.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 06:07
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 17:39
DOI: 10.1080/13538320903343008

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