New Perspectives for Learning - Briefing Paper 67
Professional Knowledge in Education and Health:
restructuring work and life between the state and the citizens in Europe
This is an Interim Briefing Paper of the project that started in September 2004
Context of the Research
European welfare institutions such as education and health care are restructuring their organisations in terms of decentralisation, deregulation, privatization and so forth. As a consequence professional positions and demands on professional competencies in these institutions are in transition. At the same time European societies are changing in different ways, e.g. in terms of a ”knowledge society” as well as in demographic and cultural changes. Professionals such as teachers and nurses are meeting such changes in their work with students and clients. Thus, there is a need to study these transitions and changes. The project will look at this from a “bottom-up” perspective by comparing experiences in different institutional and national contexts.
- To produce an improved knowledge base on professional knowledge “at work” among professional actors situated between the state on one side and citizens on the other side. This is based on life histories with three generations of teachers and nurses plus ethnographies in different European contexts.
- To describe, analyse and compare current restructuring in education and health in different parts of Europe from the point of view of teachers and nurses and in relation to their interaction with clients. An important aspect will be a social analysis based on surveys of up to 11,000 nurses and teachers in five European countries (Finland, Greece, Spain, Sweden and the UK)
- To contribute to the integration of a European Research Arena in terms of research cooperation, research communication and actions in relation to the enlargement of the European Union.
The full title of the project is: “Professional Knowledge in Education and Health: restructuring work and life between the state and the citizens in Europe”. The final report is due in 2007.The project website is at http://www.profknow.net
This is a Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP). The maximum EU financial contribution to this project will be 1.350.000 Euro for a total duration of 36 months.
Göteborg University in cooperation with Karlstad University and Borås University, Sweden
University of Brighton, UK
University of Athens. Greece
University of Joensuu, Finland
University of Barcelona, Spain
University of the Azores, Portugal
St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, Ireland
Stockholm University, Sweden
Prof. Sverker Lindblad
Department of Education
PO BOX 300
SE-405 30 Göteborg
Tel: +46 31 773 25 11
Fax: +46 31 773 2089
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