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ERIC Number: ED457140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug-20
Pages: 18
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At the Beginning of a New Century: Observations on Teaching as a Profession.
Ganser, Tom
This paper discusses the development of teacher professionalism over the years, focusing on four phases of the changing nature of teachers' professionalism: the pre-professional age (before the 1960s), the age of the autonomous professionals (beginning in the 1960s), the age of the collegial professional beginning in the mid-1980s), and the fourth professional age (beginning in the late 1990s). It looks at the professionalism of teaching in both the United States and Jamaica. The paper describes several central features of U.S. schooling today that have implications for teaching as a profession: changes in the population of students attending schools, changes and innovations in schools, tensions between centralizing and decentralizing schooling, and new unionism. Recent research indicates that teachers consistently find satisfaction in working with and helping others, having an opportunity for professional challenge and growth, and making a difference in a young person's development. An appendix presents Wisconsin teacher standards. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica; Wisconsin