Professional agency in a university context : Academic freedom and fetters
Vähäsantanen, K., Paloniemi, S., Räikkönen, E., & Hökkä, P. (2020). Professional agency in a university context : Academic freedom and fetters. Teaching and Teacher Education, 89, Article 103000. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2019.103000
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Professional agency is an urgent topic in academic contexts, albeit relatively unexplored, and elaborated with contradictory conclusions on its extent and characteristics. To contribute to the discussion, this multimethod study investigated professional agency within a Finnish university. We utilised questionnaire data and interviews to explore agency, as manifested in influencing at work, developing work practices, and negotiating professional identity. We found that overall, these three dimensions of agency were manifested fairly substantially, and in a similar manner among the academic staff. The study further emphasises the social nature of professional agency, and presents theoretical and empirical considerations for future research.
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by the Academy of Finland, Finland, under Grant number 288925 [The Role of Emotions in Agentic Learning at Work]. The authors are grateful to the participants, and to Donald Adamson, who polished the language of the article.
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