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Professional identity and the contemporary university: a culture of control, accountability and virtuality?

Wells, Muriel 2006, Professional identity and the contemporary university: a culture of control, accountability and virtuality?, in AARE 2006 : Conference papers, abstracts and symposia, AARE, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-16.

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Title Professional identity and the contemporary university: a culture of control, accountability and virtuality?
Author(s) Wells, Muriel
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2006 : Adelaide, S.Aust.)
Conference location Adelaide, S. Aust.
Conference dates 27-30th November 2006
Title of proceedings AARE 2006 : Conference papers, abstracts and symposia
Editor(s) Jeffrey, P.
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 16
Publisher AARE
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary In recent years many changes to the funding and management of universities have taken place. In the current climate of academia in Australia professional academics find themselves immersed in the culture of the managed university that uses the rhetoric of commitment to flexible delivery to put in place systems designed to increase accountability, surveillance and control. At the same time some argue that the focus on research, quality teaching and effective pedagogy has lessened. The empirical research base for this paper has enabled me to better understand some of the emerging trends my university. It looks at how changes to the experience of being academic impact on the work of academics as the power relations of the university continuously reposition them, and how academics in turn display resistance technologies. Changes to the technologies of management/administration of the university have resulted in what some academics have described as a loss of valuing of their knowledge and expertise and which may be seen by some as a threat to their opportunities to conduct productive educational inquiry.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
ISSN 1324-9339
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2007
Copyright notice ©2006, AARE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007998

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