ERIC Number: ED235928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Professional Preschool Teacher.
Katz, Lilian G.
Examples are provided in this discussion to indicate the nature of professional judgment in a teaching situation likely to be encountered by most child care workers or preschool teachers. Specifically, this predicament involves a problem in turn taking among 4-year-olds. As used here, the term "professional judgment" refers to cognitive processes involving the use of advanced knowledge (such as diagnosing and analyzing events, weighing alternative courses of action, and estimating the potential long-term consequences of momentary actions and decisions). Types of professional judgment processes a teacher might engage in can be thought of in terms of three interrelated categories: (1) skills and knowledge that could be taught in the problem situation, (2) clinical questions related to individuals in the problem incident, and (3) curriculum and management concerns. The nature of professional judgments can be clearly seen when such judgments are contrasted with nonprofessional and unprofessional responses, which might be made by untrained individuals. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; ERIC Publications; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.
Identifiers: Professional Behavior; Professional Judgment; Professionalism; Teacher Competencies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) (Atlanta, GA, November 3-6, 1984).