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Rantatalo, O. & Lindberg, O. (2018). Liminal practice and reflection in professional education: police education and medical education. Studies in Continuing Education, 40(3), 351-366
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Liminal practice and reflection in professional education: police education and medical education
2018 (English)In: Studies in Continuing Education, ISSN 0158-037X, E-ISSN 1470-126X, Vol. 40, no 3, p. 351-366Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on a study of how liminality relates to the facilitation of reflective practice in professional education. Liminality refers to sites and positions that exhibit 'in-betweenness', or bordering positions, that might draw together different institutional conditions. The present project aims to examine the role of liminality in professional educational practice with a specific focus upon how liminality may support student reflection. Using a qualitative and comparative research approach, we analysed interview and observational data from police education and a medical programme. Observations and interviews explore practices of collective interactional (and hence observable) reflection at sites that are characterised by ‘betweenness’ of work and education. Findings indicate that situations that afford reflection are characterised by a sense of undeterminedness in terms of either the subject, space or activity. Thus, we conclude that there is some evidence that liminality affords reflection, but also that liminality and underminedness are fragile states that are not easily organised in a professional education curriculum.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Liminality, practice theory, police education, medical education
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145756 (URN)10.1080/0158037X.2018.1447918 (DOI)000442433800009 ()
Note

Special issue: Professional Practice, Education and Learning: A Sociomaterial Perspective

Available from: 2018-03-16 Created: 2018-03-16 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
Rantatalo, O., Lindberg, O., Kihlberg, R. & Hällgren, M. (2018). Negotiations and Research Bargains: Bending Professional Norms in the Effort to Gain Field Access. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17(1), 1-11
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Negotiations and Research Bargains: Bending Professional Norms in the Effort to Gain Field Access
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Methods, ISSN 1609-4069, E-ISSN 1609-4069, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 1-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study provides an autoethnographic account of the efforts to gain field access to a police organization, spanning more than 2 years. The aim is to describe a case of gaining access in relation to the professional norms of science put forward by Robert K. Merton. Aided by an organized record of notes, e-mails, and other written communications regarding access (144 memos of various types), the study describes and discusses the negotiations with Mertonian norms that followed from the dissonance between ideals of research and practical reality. Opening up for further scholarly discussion, this article concludes that Merton’s norms are incongruent with both prevailing guidelines of research ethics and with the practical, short-term problems of access negotiations and research bargains.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
field access, ethnography, police, Robert Merton, qualitative research
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146931 (URN)10.1177/1609406918770033 (DOI)000431711000001 ()
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00700
Available from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Lindberg, O. & Rantatalo, O. (2017). Graduate employability as social suitability: professional competence from a practice theory perspective (1ed.). In: Michael Tomlinson & Leonard Holmes (Ed.), Graduate Employability in Context: Theory, Research and Debate  (pp. 255-272). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Graduate employability as social suitability: professional competence from a practice theory perspective
2017 (English)In: Graduate Employability in Context: Theory, Research and Debate  / [ed] Michael Tomlinson & Leonard Holmes, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 1, p. 255-272Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

What makes an employer decide in a graduate’s favour when applying for a new job? This question is urgent and important for many graduates who are hoping to get the upper hand in competing for their first job, yet research can tell us little about how to answer it. In an effort to inquire into this question, the following chapter outlines an understanding of graduate employability based in workplace practices. Practice theory is an umbrella term for a number of theories and concepts focusing on the importance of activity for understanding the social world. ‘The practice turn’ in social science seeks to bridge some problematic dualisms (such as actor-structure) in other theories. In the version of practice theory that will be presented below, we draw upon the theorisation presented by Theodore Schatzki (2001, 2005) and our previous work within this framework (Lindberg and Rantatalo 2015), in an effort to translate practice-theory concepts into research tools for examining graduate employability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 Edition: 1
Keywords
Sociology of Education, Educational Policy and Politics, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Work
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-127396 (URN)10.1057/978-1-137-57168-7_12 (DOI)978-1-137-57167-0 (ISBN)978-1-137-57168-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-11-10 Created: 2016-11-10 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Lindberg, O., Rantatalo, O. & Hällgren, M. (2017). Making sense through false syntheses: Working with paradoxes in the reorganization of the Swedish police. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 33(3), 175-184
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making sense through false syntheses: Working with paradoxes in the reorganization of the Swedish police
2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 33, no 3, p. 175-184Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses how a working group in the Swedish police made sense of their task in the wake of reorganization. It aims to describe how inputs from top management prompted processes of sensemaking within the group, and their subsequent results in responding to latent paradoxes. The police group’s work was studied through participant observation, interviews and documents. The findings illustrate how the group made latent paradoxes salient and how they worked with these paradoxes to ultimately make them latent again by what we call “false syntheses”. Through this process, the group achieved its task, but the paradoxes were reproduced, made latent and pushed away to another part of the organization. Thus, sensemaking transforms paradoxes from latent to salient, from macro to micro levels of the organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017
Keywords
sensemaking, paradox, organizational change, police organization
National Category
Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138699 (URN)10.1016/j.scaman.2017.06.003 (DOI)000414825000005 ()
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00700
Available from: 2017-08-28 Created: 2017-08-28 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Lindberg, O., Rantatalo, O. & Stenling, C. (2017). Police bodies and police minds: professional learning through bodily practices of sport participation. Studies in Continuing Education, 39(3), 371-387
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Police bodies and police minds: professional learning through bodily practices of sport participation
2017 (English)In: Studies in Continuing Education, ISSN 0158-037X, E-ISSN 1470-126X, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 371-387Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the literature concerned with bodily perspectives on professional learning by reporting on a study of Swedish police officers’ sport participation as a form of occupational learning. The study seeks to answer how ideals of work practice and sport participation intersect, how professional learning is channelled through sport participation, and how such bodily practices might have excluding effects on professional participation. Using a practice theory framework, the Schatzkian concept of teleoaffective structure guides the analysis. Sixteen interviews were conducted with police officers who practice police sports. The analysis targeted symbolic manifestations of teleoaffectivity, and the findings indicate five overlapping ideals between sport and police practice. In addition, one police specific ideal was constructed. Based on these findings, we discuss how professionals learn by participation in practices not directly related to the work in question, and how such learning includes and excludes from participation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2017
Keywords
Professional learning, sports, policing, practice theory, police sports, socialisation
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-136028 (URN)10.1080/0158037X.2017.1337631 (DOI)000410888200009 ()
Available from: 2017-06-13 Created: 2017-06-13 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Haake, U., Rantatalo, O. & Lindberg, O. (2017). Police leaders make poor change agents: leadership practice in the face of a major organisational reform. Policing & society, 27(7), 764-778
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Police leaders make poor change agents: leadership practice in the face of a major organisational reform
2017 (English)In: Policing & society, ISSN 1043-9463, E-ISSN 1477-2728, Vol. 27, no 7, p. 764-778Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article examines expectations on police leaders during major organisational change pressures. Based on policy analysis and interviews with 28 police leaders, the paper seeks to answer the following question: How do police leaders' accounts of leadership practice relate to expectations from higher ranks (above), subordinates (below) and police policies concerning leadership? The results of the paper indicate that police leaders are squeezed into a position between demands from above (top  management) and demands from below (lower organisational tiers). Some of the perceived expectations and practiced leadership actions are also gendered. For example, women feel the need to prove their credibility as leaders and to act in both a caring and daring manner, something that is not evident for male police leaders. Furthermore, the material indicates a considerable mismatch between the different sets of demands expressed in interviews and expectations regarding leadership expressed in police policy discourse, wherein core values and leadership criteria are articulated. In conclusion, the findings indicate a discrepancy between official rhetoric and practice, where the leadership constructed at a policy level deviates from leadership constructed in practice. This discrepancy is argued to represent an effective barrier for change initiatives, and hence the idea that police leaders will be able to function as agents of change promoting organisational reform is highly uncertain.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2017
Keywords
Police leadership, practice theory, organisational change, gender
National Category
Pedagogy Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110643 (URN)10.1080/10439463.2015.1099653 (DOI)000408914600005 ()
Available from: 2015-10-25 Created: 2015-10-25 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Fahlén, J., Lindgren, J., Ferry, M. & Lindberg, O. (2016). Aktivitetskort på nätet: en studie av förändrade rutiner för verksamhetsrapportering och dess konsekvenser för föreningslivet. Umeå: Umeå universitet, Pedagogiska institutionen
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aktivitetskort på nätet: en studie av förändrade rutiner för verksamhetsrapportering och dess konsekvenser för föreningslivet
2016 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, Pedagogiska institutionen, 2016. p. 46
Series
Pedagogiska rapporter från Pedagogiska institutionen, ISSN 1403-6169 ; 94
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119329 (URN)978-91-7601-483-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-15 Created: 2016-04-15 Last updated: 2019-10-28Bibliographically approved
Rantatalo, O., Haake, U., Lindberg, O., Sparrhoff, G. & Bäck, T. (2016). Den pluralistiska ledarskapsforskningen: en översikt över svenska avhandlingarom ledarskap 2003–2014. Nordiske organisasjonsstudier, 18(3), 3-29
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den pluralistiska ledarskapsforskningen: en översikt över svenska avhandlingarom ledarskap 2003–2014
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2016 (Swedish)In: Nordiske organisasjonsstudier, ISSN 1501-8237, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 3-29Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Ledarskap har i ett internationellt perspektiv studerats över tid men hittills vet vi ganska lite hur det svenska forskningslandskapet ser ut. Svensk ledarskapsforskninghar anekdotiskt konstaterats vara svag samtidigt som Sverige, med en arbetsmarknad präglad av samförstånd och korta beslutsvägar, utgör en intressant kontext för ledarskapsstudier. En delaspekt av forskning om ledarskap är hur fenomenet studerats i avhandlingar. Givet dessa konstateranden syftar följande forskningsöversikt till analysera doktorsavhandlingar om ledarskap skrivna 2003–2014. Specifikt besvaras fyra frågor: 1) Vilka ämnen och institutioner studerar ledarskap? 2) Vad studeras i avhandlingar om ledarskap? 3) Hur har ledarskap studerats? 4) Vilka kunskapsbidrag kan identifieras i de analyserade avhandlingarna? Totalt analyserades 70 avhandlingar i studien och valet att analysera avhandlingar motiveras av att doktorsavhandlingar kan spegla lokal praxis och trender i kunskapsbildning inom akademin. Resultatet visar på att ledarskap som forskningsfält är fragmenterat mellan olika ämnen och forskningsbedrivande institutioner, att kvalitativa metoder var vanligare än kvantitativa samt att förvånansvärt lite av forskningen relaterar till, eller tar avstamp ifrån, andra svenska eller skandinaviska forskargruppers arbeten. I artikeln diskuteras avslutningsvis hur bristande kommunikation mellan forskningsmiljöer kan hänga ihop med att ledarskap i många av destuderade avhandlingarna studerats instrumentellt som en delmängd av andra ämnesområden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bergen: Fagbokforlaget, 2016
Keywords
Ledarskap, forskningsöversikt, ledning, avhandlingsanalys, ledarskapsforskning, chefskap
National Category
Other Social Sciences Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-128569 (URN)
Available from: 2016-12-07 Created: 2016-12-07 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Lindberg, O. (2016). Nyttig, utvald eller bildad (2ed.). In: Gun Sparrhoff och Andreas Fejes (Ed.), Anställningsbarhet: perspektiv från utbildning och arbetsliv (pp. 95-109). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nyttig, utvald eller bildad
2016 (Swedish)In: Anställningsbarhet: perspektiv från utbildning och arbetsliv / [ed] Gun Sparrhoff och Andreas Fejes, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016, 2, p. 95-109Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016 Edition: 2
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-114692 (URN)9789144104904 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-01-26 Created: 2016-01-26 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Rantatalo, O., Stenling, C. & Lindberg, O. (2016). Police bodies and police minds: Occupational socialization through sport. In: Book of Abstracts: . Paper presented at Triennial Conference European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA), September 8-11, Maynooth, Ireland (pp. 80-80).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Police bodies and police minds: Occupational socialization through sport
2016 (English)In: Book of Abstracts, 2016, p. 80-80Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on a study of Swedish police officers’ sport participation as a form of occupational socialisation. Previously, questions of how sport functions as socialisation for work practice has been largely overlooked in the literature. The police are an interesting case, as policing is permeated by ideas of bodily prowess. The study seeks to answer how ideals of work practice are enacted through sport participation and how such socialisation has excluding effects. Using a practice theory framework, the concept of teleoaffective structure guides the analysis. Twelve interviews were conducted with police officers who have experience in police sports and policing. The analysis targeted symbolic manifestations of teleoaffectivity, and the findings indicate five overlapping ideals between sport and police practice. In addition, one police specific ideal was constructed. Based on these findings, we discuss how participation in sport practices subtly shape occupational norms.  

National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-128368 (URN)
Conference
Triennial Conference European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA), September 8-11, Maynooth, Ireland
Available from: 2016-12-02 Created: 2016-12-02 Last updated: 2018-06-09
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