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The Self: Why we need to include inquiry into self in professional development by Ann Cleary

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Ann Cleary takes us through the concept of the self and enlightens us to the benefits of including the concept in the PDF.

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The Self: Why we need to include inquiry into self in professional development by Ann Cleary

  1. 1. The Self: Why We Need To Include Inquiry into Self in Professional Development Seminar 18/10/18
  2. 2. The Self in the Professional Development Framework Domain 1: Personal Development: The self in Teaching & Learning This involves looking at our: Values, Emotions, Perspectives, Approaches to Learning Journey/Autobiography
  3. 3. Does the self matter? The self impacts on all the complexity in our thought, action, emotion, beliefs Notion that Self Matters Notion that Self Impacts The self matters in our work as Library Staff who teach
  4. 4. Reflection on our humanity That we are HUMAN That being Human MATTERS That being “Human” needs to include light/shadow Every bit of Self involved in and in service to Work Control over our humanity
  5. 5. Denial of humanity in our work Machine Model of Being Brought about by HEI adopting new public management principles A denial of humanity What it means to be ‘at work’
  6. 6. New Public Management (NPM) Hood associates a number of doctrines with NPM. These include a focus on the measurement of performance, a search for efficiency and effectiveness, shift to competition, cost cutting and greater discipline in expenditure. (Hood, 1991, 4-5)
  7. 7. What has NPM done to our work?“The value of what is produced per hour worked, is slowing across the rich world – despite the constant measurement of employee performance and intensification of work routines that makes more and more jobs barely tolerable.”(Beckett, 2018, np) “Stress … an overwhelming ‘to-do’ list … [and] long hours sitting at a desk are beginning to be seen by medical authorities as akin to smoking.” (Beckett, 2018, np) Can Work be ‘Fun’ and ‘Of Service’?
  8. 8. Even in HEIs & Libraries“Many academics are simply unable to cope with increased workloads and university strategies that force them to be both dynamic teachers and energetic researchers, but with no time to actually do either role well.”(Christie, 2018) “When we look at studies of academic stress, we are struck by how many apparently diverse situations identified as sources of stress are actually about lack of time.”(Berg and Seebar, 2013, 2) “Working as a librarian has been traditionally considered a non-stressful profession; however, the role of librarians has changed and expanded, as they are no longer viewed only as keepers of library collections.” (Petek, 2017, 128)
  9. 9. What’s the Cost? “He probably just doesn’t have enough time.... He’s probably too busy attending meetings, and preparing budgets, and making staff assessments, and doing all the other things that professors have to do nowadays instead of thinking” (Berg and Seebar, 2013, 2) When we are so busy what are we missing?
  10. 10. Why Do We Need to Include the Self ? “The administrative university is concerned above-all with efficiency, a corporate value which results in a time crunch, making those of us subjected to it feel powerless. So, talking about professors’ stress is not self-indulgent; not talking about individual professors plays into the corporate model.” (Berg and Seebar, 2013, 4)
  11. 11. Why Do We Need to Include the Self ? Because we have to be more than just ‘busy’ and more than just ‘compliant’ We need tools, approaches and prompts to allow us to return to what actually matters.
  12. 12. When Are We Asked About Self? Job Descriptions/Recruitment/On-going Development – We rarely mention personal qualities – We rarely address values, feelings, thinking It is not necessarily included in professional Development.
  13. 13. What’s the Cost? We have no reason to act in a values based/connected/whole human way Not allowed to be ‘human’ – Wrong/Right, Know everything/Learning, Machine/Human, Unit/Whole Identity – Who I am? Who am I serving? What Do I really care about? Not having “ground” in our work.
  14. 14. How Can We Include the Self? • Values Inquiry • Why did we become Library Staff?-Biography and library philosophy statements • Capturing the experience through Reflection • Accepting the Choices we have made • Taking responsibility for our own sense of self.
  15. 15. Approaches to Including the Self Action Research – I am a researcher – What I do is worthy of inquiry – I can Inquire into my practice Mc Niff states “ Action research is a term which refers to a practical way of looking at your own work to check that it is as you would like it to be. Because action research is done by you, the practitioner, it is often referred to as practitioner based research; and because it involves you thinking about and reflecting on your work, it can also be called a form of self-reflective practice.” (Mc Niff, 1997, 6) Reflection: revisiting our experience, actively inquiring, persistent exploration and wondering about our work
  16. 16. L Emerging tools to think of self • Values Inquiry • Journey & Self Audit • Reflection & Diary • Library Philosophy statements.
  17. 17. Challenges of Including the Self Discomfort with our identity Discombobulation Courage needed to truly look at self Now what?
  18. 18. Benefits of Including the Self Promoting Leadership Values Based Action Self Efficacy
  19. 19. Leadership “People call for leadership because they feel unable to do the difficult and challenging work of thinking about how to move forward together” – (Sinclair, 2007, xii) It helps us find our role in our service of what we value and want to dedicate our time to To take our place as teachers and educators To address inequalities To be ethical To care for scholarship, scholarly record To be critical To place the human at the center
  20. 20. Self Efficacy An empowered state of action and being. Its presence and its strength relates to personal practices of learning, affirmation or not, and our sense of how we and our practice is valued.
  21. 21. What is my professional identity? “Craftsmanship names an enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake.” Richard Sennett
  22. 22. Conclusion There is a need to to include the study of self in the PDF. Due to NPM in universities a machine model of being has come into being due to focus on results that leads to a lack of time to focus on what matters how We can deal with the self through action research and tools created by the PDF. Doing this can lead to us gaining benefits in leadership and self- efficacy
  23. 23. Bibliography Berg, M. and Seebar, B. K. (2013). The slow professor: Challenging the culture of speed in the academy. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 6(3), 1-7. Beckett, A. ( 2018). Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs. The Guardian [online], Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/19/post-work-the- radical-idea-of-a-world-without-jobs. Birch. T. (2015). A model for reflective practice in libraries . [PowerPoint] Available from: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/librarian_pubs/25 [Accessed 17 August 2018]. Christie, S. (2018). Don’t pity stressed students too much – academics have it worse. Times Higher Education [online], Available from: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/dont-pity-stressed-students-too-much- academics-have-it-worse#survey-answer. [accessed 13 August 2018] Fleming, P. (2017). The death of homo economicus: Work, debt and the myth of endless accumulation. London: Pluto Press. Hood, C. (1991). A public management for all seasons? Public Administration, 69(1), 3-19. McNiff, J. (2002). Action research for professional development: Concise advice for new action researchers. Dorset: September Books. Petek, M. (2018). Stress among reference library staff in academic and public libraries. Reference Services Review, 46(1), 128-145. Sinclair A. (2007). Leadership for the disillusioned: Moving beyond myths and heroes to leading that liberates. Crows Nest: Allen and Urwin. Beckett, A. ( 2018). Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs. The Guardian [online], Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/19/post-work-the- radical-idea-of-a-world-without-jobs. [Accessed 17 August 2018]
  24. 24. Thank You

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