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ERIC Number: EJ1001473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
The Trouble with Professionals
Groves, Bea
Adults Learning, v23 n4 p40-41 Sum 2012
For most tutors, lecturers and trainers, being over-orthodox is a trait that the job just doesn't allow. By its very nature, teaching in the sector is a job where adaptation is a necessary skill, built in at root level. From the author's own experience as a part-time tutor, teaching in further education and adult and community learning, the balance of the work has progressively become close to 50 per cent practical teaching and 50 per cent "other admin". The author believes that a sense of vocation and the ability to work autonomously should be at the heart of being a "professional" in the further education sector. Yet, all too often, institutions are unable or unwilling to do more than pay lip service to their tutors' professional autonomy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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