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Message 4 of 8: Peter Mayes on 23/01/2013
Hi all

Many thanks for entering the dialogue.

The educating of another individual is as old as the hills and I would suggest is an 'activity' undertaken by everyone at a core level (as is offering someone a bandage for a cut, or totting up their expenses).

As an activity increases in complexity and impact, it becomes a 'discipline' based on a certain level of collective knowledge. I have been on a first aid course and learnt functions and forumuals in Excel years ago.

Further endeavours (over time) within the discipline cause a convergence of thinking and a generally agreed collective premise for the education, control and sanction of the practitioners and a rigorous approach to the creation and discemenation of shared and agreed knowledge (with a view to protecting the recipients of practice).

Well that is my thinking about how some activities that we all might engage in (medical, accounting, health) may be part of a bigger and more structured profession, of which we are not members.

A teacher in a private school does not need to be 'registered' with the governing body of teachers and they can be called a teacher because that is what they do. But is this individual outside the profession of teaching. Likewise, as I understand it, someone without qualification, who does your books can call themselves an accountant however they are not 'Chartered' and are therefore are outside the accounting profession.

Learning and development (training) is highly fragmented with a number of bodies exerting certain regulatory criteria but none with an overarching mandate or having custody of the collective knowledge within the sector.

And just thinking about it, I designed and built my own house but am not an architect:)

Reading on the subject of 'profession' there has definitly been a loosening of the use of the term. I wonder whether it has lost its kudos in some areas whilst still being aspirational in other.

Any more contributions to the dialogue.

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