Teacher professionalism: implications for teachers, teacher
educators and democratic schooling

Year: 1992

Author: Preston, Barbara

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In this paper I want to critically examine and draw from some recent contributions to the teacher professionalism debate in the USA. I want to use the contributions of these writers (and others) to develop a better understanding of the issues as they apply to Australia, of historical circumstances and current developments in Australia, and possibilities for the future. My major focus is on an understanding of possibilities for teacher professionalism, and a consideration of teacher education in relation to it. I also consider briefly other matters such as school organisation and governance in relation to teacher professionalism. My hope is to provide a useful analysis for those involved in shaping developments: teachers and their unions, teacher educators, policy-makers in government, parent organisations, among others.