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Burbules, Nicholas C.; Densmore, Kathleen – Educational Policy, 1991
How professionalism functions as an ideology was a central theme of the authors' original essay. Because of hegemonic associations surrounding professionalism in this society, teacher professionalism would have consequences undermining the ends of democracy, equity, and cultural diversity that Gary Sykes proposes. Also, most current teachers would…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Elitism, Ideology, Teacher Role
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Burbules, Nicholas C.; Densmore, Kathleen – Educational Policy, 1991
Although improving teachers' salaries, status, and work conditions is essential, the traditional professional model is an ineffective, inappropriate basis for accomplishing these goals. Rather than relying on an undemocratic concept connoting privilege, special status, and the superiority of mental labor, teachers should seek less elitist bases of…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education, Elitism, Professional Occupations