Context, Conditions and Community
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In this chapter the focus is on how the working context of the university operates in ways that both challenge and support academics in their efforts to be effective. While some reference is made to Christian perspectives on freedom, community and integrity, the principal emphasis here is on issues where there is a great deal of common ground between Christians and others. First, salient aspects of institutional ethos in contemporary universities are identified. Then the complex nature of academic freedom is explored. Section 3 probes the nature of, need for and some of the signs of professional civility and collegiality. The final part reflects on important aspects of professional development and personal integrity.