ERIC Number: ED468987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-25
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching and Teacher Education among the Professions. 38th Charles W. Hunt Memorial Lecture.
Shulman, Lee S.
This paper argues that a real profession involves a community of people committed to ensuring that they individually and collectively develop the capacity to learn from experience, so they can serve the social responsibilities or needs to which they are committed. It explains that there are six commonplaces inevitably associated with a profession in principle, arguing that if these six principles are taken seriously, there will be various challenges for the future that the community of teacher educators specifically, and the community of educators in general, must confront. These six commonplaces are service, theory, practice, judgement, experience, and professional communities of practice. The paper recommends that the field of teacher education needs a much more serious scholarship of teaching. This requires that it be public rather than private, that there be a group of people with a set of standards who can critically evaluate how good the scholarship is, and that scholarship must be generative. The paper concludes by explaining how the Carnegie Foundation is working with colleagues on these issues (the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, networking campus academies, and working with disciplinary and professional associations). (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Scholarship, Teacher Educators, Teaching (Occupation)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Philip Morris Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, DC.