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A Profession in Change - A Development Ecology Perspective

Christensen, Jonas LU (2010) In 2010:56
Abstract (Swedish)
Popular Abstract in French

Un Etat-providence se compose d’une variété d’organisations clientes

dans lequel, parmi d’autres professions, les universitaires et les

travailleurs sociaux sont actifs. Le travail social comme une profession

s’est développé dans un contexte de bien-être où les changements

à différents niveaux de l’individu, de l’organisation et la société

pose de nouveaux défis pour la profession. Quand une société

subit une transformation totale, cela affecte aussi l’enseignement

supérieur, surtout quand il s’agit de faire face aux besoins de nouvelles

compétences dans un domaine tel que l’économie et la gestion.

Un changement dans... (More)
Popular Abstract in French

Un Etat-providence se compose d’une variété d’organisations clientes

dans lequel, parmi d’autres professions, les universitaires et les

travailleurs sociaux sont actifs. Le travail social comme une profession

s’est développé dans un contexte de bien-être où les changements

à différents niveaux de l’individu, de l’organisation et la société

pose de nouveaux défis pour la profession. Quand une société

subit une transformation totale, cela affecte aussi l’enseignement

supérieur, surtout quand il s’agit de faire face aux besoins de nouvelles

compétences dans un domaine tel que l’économie et la gestion.

Un changement dans une profession peut également être considéré

à différents niveaux et dans divers environnements contextuels. La

thèse aborde la question générale: Dans la transformation de différents

milieux sociaux et organisationnels, quels sont les facteurs

qui peuvent influer sur l’acquisition des connaissances de métiers

et sur les processus d’apprentissage? Le cadre théorique de référence

est fourni par un modèle modifié de Bronfenbrenner, Ecologie

Développement. Cette théorie met l’accent sur la force motrice de

l’individu et sa capacité à influencer leur environnement spécifique.

Cette étude a pour point de départ est l’individu et l’individu par

rapport à leur contexte environnant, à différents niveaux. La thèse

apporte une contribution en améliorant la connaissance de la façon

dont l’Ecologie Développement peut être considérée dans un contexte

de bien-être en utilisant des objets d’étude dans les domaines

de l’éducation et une profession. La collecte de données a principalement

prit la forme d’interviews. D’autres sources ont été ajoutées

aux interviews, une analyse des documents clés, des conférences et

des séminaires où il y avait une interaction avec les élèves comme des

sources additionnelles et empiriques dans des contextes différents,

avec des visites d’étude. La thèse est basée sur les trois publications

originales suivantes: études de Gestion et d’Economie en Lituanie -

la création d’une discipline universitaire, l’Ecologie Développement

dans le Travail Social allemand et Amélioration Proposée du Modèle

Ecologie Développement de Bronfenbrenner. L’étude montre comment

le modèle Ecologie Développement dans une forme modifiée et

développée peut contribuer de manière constructive à la compréhension

d’une profession en pleine mutation. En outre, l’étude montre

comment le modèle Développement Ecologie peut être utilisé dans

deux différents contextes sociaux et organisationnels. Il montre également

comment l’indépendance professionnelle est subordonnée vu

certains cadres organisationnels et sociétaux. Enfin, l’étude révèle

que l’esprit d’entreprise et l’apprentissage sont étroitement liés les

uns aux autres et l’acquisition des connaissances concerne des rencontres

à différents niveaux où l’interaction entre l’individu et ses

forces motrices internes est indispensable - à savoir, de souligner que

les forces motrices internes appartiennent à l’individu concerné (une

personne). (Less)
Abstract
A welfare state consists of a variety of client organisations within

which, among other professions, academics and social workers are

active. Social work as a profession has developed in a welfare context

where changes at the different levels of the individual, organisation

and society constantly pose new challenges to the profession.

When a society undergoes a total transformation, this also affects

higher education, especially when it comes to facing needs for new

competencies in a subject area such as Economics and Management.

A change in a profession can also be seen on different levels and in

various contextual environments. The thesis addresses the... (More)
A welfare state consists of a variety of client organisations within

which, among other professions, academics and social workers are

active. Social work as a profession has developed in a welfare context

where changes at the different levels of the individual, organisation

and society constantly pose new challenges to the profession.

When a society undergoes a total transformation, this also affects

higher education, especially when it comes to facing needs for new

competencies in a subject area such as Economics and Management.

A change in a profession can also be seen on different levels and in

various contextual environments. The thesis addresses the overall

question: In the transformation of different societal and organisational

environments, which factors may influence professions’ knowledge

acquisition and learning processes? The theoretical frame of

reference is provided by a modified model of Bronfenbrenner’s Development

Ecology. This theory focuses on the individual’s drive and

ability to influence their specific environment. This study’s point of

departure is the individual and the individual in relation to their

surrounding context on different levels. The thesis makes a contribution

by improving knowledge of how Development Ecology may

be seen in a welfare context by using study objects within the fields

of education and a profession. The data collection primarily took

the form of interviews. Other sources were added to the interviews;

an analysis of key documents, lectures and seminars where there

was an interaction with students as additional, empirical sources in

various contexts, along with study visits. The thesis is based on the

following three original publications: Management and Economics

studies in Lithuania – the creation of a university discipline, Development

Ecology in German Social Work and Proposed Enhancement

of Bronfenbrenner’s Development Ecology Model. The study

demonstrates how the Development Ecology model in a modified

and developed form can constructively contribute to understanding

a profession undergoing change. In addition, the study shows how

the Development Ecology model can be used in two various societal

and organisational contexts. It also demonstrates how professional

autonomy is conditional given certain organisational and societal

frameworks. Finally, the study reveals that entrepreneurship and

learning are closely linked to each other and knowledge acquisition

is about meetings on different levels where the interplay between the

individual and their internal driving forces is essential – namely, to

emphasise that the internal driving forces belong to the individual

involved (a person). (Less)
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  • Prof. Bohmeyer, Axel, Hochschule fuer Sozialwesen, Institut fuer Ethik und Politik, Berlin, Germany
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economics, social entrepreneurship, social work, professional autonomy, professions, development ecology, change, knowledge acquisition, Lithuania, Germany
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2010:56
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244 pages
defense location
Dept. of Teacher Education, room D131, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10, Malmö
defense date
2010-11-26 13:15
ISSN
1651-4513
language
English
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yes
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which, among other professions, academics and social workers are<br/><br>
active. Social work as a profession has developed in a welfare context<br/><br>
where changes at the different levels of the individual, organisation<br/><br>
and society constantly pose new challenges to the profession.<br/><br>
When a society undergoes a total transformation, this also affects<br/><br>
higher education, especially when it comes to facing needs for new<br/><br>
competencies in a subject area such as Economics and Management.<br/><br>
A change in a profession can also be seen on different levels and in<br/><br>
various contextual environments. The thesis addresses the overall<br/><br>
question: In the transformation of different societal and organisational<br/><br>
environments, which factors may influence professions’ knowledge<br/><br>
acquisition and learning processes? The theoretical frame of<br/><br>
reference is provided by a modified model of Bronfenbrenner’s Development<br/><br>
Ecology. This theory focuses on the individual’s drive and<br/><br>
ability to influence their specific environment. This study’s point of<br/><br>
departure is the individual and the individual in relation to their<br/><br>
surrounding context on different levels. The thesis makes a contribution<br/><br>
by improving knowledge of how Development Ecology may<br/><br>
be seen in a welfare context by using study objects within the fields<br/><br>
of education and a profession. The data collection primarily took<br/><br>
the form of interviews. Other sources were added to the interviews;<br/><br>
an analysis of key documents, lectures and seminars where there<br/><br>
was an interaction with students as additional, empirical sources in<br/><br>
various contexts, along with study visits. The thesis is based on the<br/><br>
following three original publications: Management and Economics<br/><br>
studies in Lithuania – the creation of a university discipline, Development<br/><br>
Ecology in German Social Work and Proposed Enhancement<br/><br>
of Bronfenbrenner’s Development Ecology Model. The study<br/><br>
demonstrates how the Development Ecology model in a modified<br/><br>
and developed form can constructively contribute to understanding<br/><br>
a profession undergoing change. In addition, the study shows how<br/><br>
the Development Ecology model can be used in two various societal<br/><br>
and organisational contexts. It also demonstrates how professional<br/><br>
autonomy is conditional given certain organisational and societal<br/><br>
frameworks. Finally, the study reveals that entrepreneurship and<br/><br>
learning are closely linked to each other and knowledge acquisition<br/><br>
is about meetings on different levels where the interplay between the<br/><br>
individual and their internal driving forces is essential – namely, to<br/><br>
emphasise that the internal driving forces belong to the individual<br/><br>
involved (a person).},
  author       = {Christensen, Jonas},
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  series       = {2010:56},
  title        = {A Profession in Change - A Development Ecology Perspective},
  year         = {2010},
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