chapter  14
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Putting time to ‘good’ use in educational work: a question of responsibility


The current context of global fi nancial crisis, and the accompanying intensifi cation of neo-liberal policies and managerialist practices, are placing educators – along with many other public service professionals – under considerable pressure. A combination of diminishing resources, inappropriate targets and growing need among students can be toxic. This raises not only the question of turbulent times, but also of how educators’ time itself is put to use, by whom, and in whose interests. In this paper, we draw on three very different projects in Finland, England and Germany, to look at how this is happening, and to consider questions of ethical responsibility that arise.