Reclaiming professionalism for geography education : defending our own territory

Bourke, Theresa, Ryan, Mary E., & Lidstone, John (2012) Reclaiming professionalism for geography education : defending our own territory. Teaching and Teacher Education, 28(7), pp. 990-998.

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In a world where governments increasingly attempt to impose regulation on all professional activities, this paper advocates that professional standards for teachers be developed ‘by the profession for the profession’. Foucauldian archaeology is applied to two teacher standards documents recently published in Australia, one developed at national governmental level and the other by geography teachers through their professional associations. The excavation reveals that both students and geography teachers themselves are better served when teachers assert their own definition of professionalism and thus reclaim their professional territory, rather than being compliant with generic governmental agendas. Whilst we use Australia as an illustrative example, our findings are applicable to all other countries where governments attempt to impose external professional standards on the teaching profession.

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ID Code: 50992
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Foucauldian archaeology, government, professional standards, teacher professionalism
DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2012.05.005
ISSN: 0742-051X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Teaching and Teacher Education>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 28 Issue 7 (2012) DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2012.05.005
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2012 02:58
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2015 06:28

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