Conceptualising teacher Professionalism

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Alexander, Colette, Fox, Jillian and Gutierrez, Amanda. (2019). Conceptualising teacher Professionalism. In In A. Gutierrez, J. Fox and C. Alexander (Ed.). Professionalism and Teacher Education pp. 1 - 23 Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-7002-1_1
AuthorsAlexander, Colette, Fox, Jillian and Gutierrez, Amanda
EditorsA. Gutierrez, J. Fox and C. Alexander
Abstract

Recently, Sachs (Teacher professionalism: why are we still talking about it? 22(4):413–425, 2016) posed the question, “why are we still talking about teacher professionalism?” Despite a long history of political and educational discourses about the professionalising of teaching, there remains little clarity about the meaning and intent of terms such as profession, professionalism and professionalisation in the context of teaching. Debates abound in relation to the influence of these discourses on the professionalising, deprofessionalising and reprofessionalising of teachers. Significant to the issues raised is the role and function of teacher education in the professional learning and development of teachers and the promotion of the teaching profession. This chapter explores core issues surrounding professionalism and teacher education with an emphasis on the Australian context. It will: (i) analyse definitions of the concepts of profession and professionalism and their application to teachers and teaching; (ii) outline core contestations in the spaces between political and educational discourses in contemporary contexts; and (iii) discuss emerging perspectives in teacher education for innovating policy and practice in support of the ongoing maturation of the teaching profession.

Page range1 - 23
Year2019
Book titleProfessionalism and Teacher Education
PublisherSpringer Nature
Place of publicationSingapore
ISBN9789811370014
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-7002-1_1
Research GroupSchool of Education
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