Let's take a closer look at teacher professionalism

Bourke, Theresa & Smeed, Judy L. (2010) Let's take a closer look at teacher professionalism. Leadership in Focus: The journal for Australasian School Leaders, 2010(20), pp. 38-39.


Professional standards have been adopted by many Western countries, including Australia, as a mechanism for improving teacher quality and enhancing 'professionalism’. But what does the term 'professionalism' actually mean? This article briefly outlines different definitions of professionalism that have been advanced through many decades, and concludes with a 'new’ type of professionalism coined by the authors -'compliance professionalism’. They see this type of professionalism as a means for teachers to maintain a degree of professional autonomy, whilst at the same time allowing them to deal with ever increasing accountability regimes. The authors ask the question: What can principals do to make their teachers aware of 'professionalism’ in education?

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ID Code: 43591
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: professional standards, professionalism, accountability
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2011 22:23
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:22

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