ERIC Number: ED213144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Self-Understanding: Professional Growth and the Role of the Teacher Counsellor.
The Australian Administrator, v3 n1 p1-4 Feb 1982
Professional development for teachers should include learning experiences that lead to greater personal and vocational self-understanding. Teachers need greater self-understanding to keep pace with social changes and to expand their skills. However, if teachers are to develop professionally--especially midcareer teachers--then administrators and others need to explore the factors affecting motivation to develop. A major factor affecting motivation is self-perception. Statements from a 1978 Australian teachers' seminar illustrate older teachers' perceptions of themselves as stale, out of touch with their subject disciplines, too long at their current positions, getting older, and growing away from their students and younger colleagues. The seminar participants suggested the need for an inservice coordinator or teacher counselor. A teacher counselor could enhance teachers' self-understanding and hence help motivate them to develop new skills. The implications of adult development theory for teacher development also need to be recognized. Midcareer teachers' tendency toward introspection and reexamination of priorities, for instance, is considered typical by adult development theorists. These and other theoretical insights should be taken into account in teacher development programs. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Counselors, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Self Concept, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Motivation
Editor, The Australian Administrator, School of Education, Deakin University, Victoria 3217, Australia ($.85).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Deakin Univ., Victoria, (Australia). School of Education.