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ERIC Number: ED349291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Pages: 34
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The Question of Teacher Professionalism.
Hart, Shannon P.; Marshall, J. Dan
This paper synthesizes literature on the topic of professions in general and the teaching profession in particular. The paper is organized into three sections. The first section emphasizes the history and fundamental aspects of professions in the United States. The second section looks specifically at the teaching profession, using fundamental aspects of professions as a framework (body of knowledge, ideal of service, autonomy, ethical codes, and a distinctive culture). The third section focuses on how these aspects might be incorporated into programs seeking to promote teacher professionalism, describes what the fundamental aspects of professionalism might look like in a program designed to emphasize them, and includes examples of teacher behaviors one might look for as evidence that new teachers have internalized the characteristics of a professional. Findings suggest that programs seeking to advance professionalism in teaching must address each of the fundamental aspects of professionalism, aspects which must then be displayed by graduates of such programs; and that teacher education programs, through training, should provide future professionals a sense of collegial togetherness and support, especially during student teaching. (LL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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