The international scientific journal Phronesis examines issues relating to the professionalization of “support occupations” that are focused on other people, in other words, occupations whose interactive dimension makes them difficult to study. The aim of Phronesis is to promote the advancement of knowledge on these issues, as well as to foster reflection and critical debate on related subjects. The journal’s intent is to study these occupations and their professionalization from the standpoint of major social questions and stakes; from theoretical and conceptual standpoints that seek to shed light on ideological, political, historical and cultural dimensions; and from a methodological standpoint, specifically by presenting and discussing the results of empirical research. Phronesis is not science, but rather judgment and discernment; in this sense, it is at the heart of these occupations. It is the intellectual virtue that allows human beings to properly assess singular situations, and is consequently situated in the field of practice. Above all, it enables deliberation about a singular situation (providing care, teaching, etc.) with a view to supporting rational choices.
As a result, one of the objectives targeted within and through professionalization is work. The scientific contributions published in this journal propose to situate the question of work, the question of these occupations’ activity, and the question of professional practices as cornerstones in the issue of professionalization. The research and other scholarly texts published in Phronesis address the support occupations across a variety of sectors, including school-based and non-formal education, adult education, health and social work professions, advisory and assistance professions, etc. The objective is to present research from an array of disciplinary backgrounds in order to describe and understand various professional contexts, the territories where these professions are exercised, analysis of situation-based work activity, practices developed in training and work situations, professional training policies, and methods and processes involved in learning, employment integration and professional development. In sum, Phronesis strives to advance the knowledge on pathways, processes, situations and conditions for professionalization within support occupations.