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ERIC Number: ED520333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Principles of Professionalism for Science Educators. National Science Teachers Association Position Statement
National Science Teachers Association (NJ1)
Science educators play a central role in educating, inspiring, and guiding students to become responsible, scientifically literate citizens. Therefore, teachers of science must uphold the highest ethical standards of the profession to earn and maintain the respect, trust, and confidence of students, parents, school leaders, colleagues, and other community members. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) establishes the following expectations and principles to guide the professional conduct of all preK-16 teachers of science, including preservice, novice, and experienced educators. Quality science instruction is an interdependent process that requires the active participation and shared responsibility of science educators, school leaders, district administrators, school boards, and parents. NSTA calls on science educators to accept the professional responsibility to provide "all" students with quality science education; embrace and promote their professional learning and growth; uphold and strengthen the public image of the profession; and become active leaders and advocates for quality science education in their schools and communities. This paper discusses the following principles of professionalism for science educators: (1) The importance of promoting the growth of all students; (2) The importance of taking personal responsibility for professional growth; (3) The importance of being leaders in the profession; (4) The importance of upholding personal and professional ethics; and (5) Support for professional teachers of science. (Contains 1 resource.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)