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ERIC Number: ED508724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 115
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
Professionalization and Certification for Teachers in Adult Basic Education
Sabatini, John P.; Ginsburg, Lynda; Russell, Mary
Office of Educational Research and Improvement
When Shanahan, Meehan, and Mogge (1994) reviewed the issue of professionalization, they characterized previous discussions and debates as controversial, negative, and heated, marked more by discord than unity. A key point of disagreement was whether or under what conditions certification could be considered necessary or desirable. They found only two points of consensus: the desire to improve the quality of teaching and the recognition of how difficult it would be to establish a process to improve it. The fieldwork the authors conducted for this report has led them to a more optimistic forecast. Although some unresolved concerns remain and recent changes in federal legislation have left the field somewhat uneasy, a common desire for consensus appears to be emerging. In this chapter, the authors identify and discuss the forces at work in this more positive atmosphere and review the concerns that continue to arise when the processes of teacher professionalization and certification are implemented. (Contains 5 notes.) [Chapter 6 in: Annual Review of Adult Learning and Literacy. Volume 3; copublished with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; see ED478329.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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