ERIC Number: EJ1093615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Teacher Professionalism: Why Are We Still Talking about It?
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v22 n4 p413-425 2016
It is now more than 10 years after the publication of the monograph, "The Activist Teaching Profession," which, at the time, could be described as a call to action for the teaching profession. I reflect here on how far has the profession progressed in responding to that call to action. The idea of a "call to action" could be seen to born out of industrial rather than professional discourses: 10 years ago different factors were shaping teachers' professional practice and identity and a call to action was a metaphor and a strategy to mobilize teachers. In this paper, I identify the factors that are still influencing and shaping the teaching profession and argue that different times require different responses and that current thinking and debates around teacher professionalism circulate around professional learning. In this paper, I argue that the time for an industrial approach to the teaching profession has passed. I make the case for systems, schools and teachers to be more research active with teachers' practices validated and supported through research.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professionalism, Teaching (Occupation), Professional Education, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Activism, Accountability, Standards, Educational Change, Teacher Improvement, Professional Autonomy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia