ERIC Number: ED329018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Professionalizing Teaching. Insights on Educational Policy and Practice Number 9.
Duttweiler, Patricia Cloud
The question of whether teaching is truly a profession and what can be done to improve it is examined in this bulletin. Although commonly viewed as a profession, teaching lacks many of the characteristics of a true profession. Teachers have little authority over their work, lack the minimum amenities and working conditions expected by other professionals, and lack the rewards and status of other professions. Transforming education into a profession is part of the solution for achieving excellence in the schools. This means establishing professional standards, ensuring professional delivery of service, providing a professional working environment, and granting educators the freedom to exercise professional judgment through participative management. Recommendations are made for the creation of clear state standards and requirements for teaching and the reduction of bureaucracy. (16 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.