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Teacher Professionalism in Further and Higher Education
Challenges to Culture and Practice

ISBN 9780415331678
Published February 9, 2006 by Routledge
159 Pages

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Book Description

Teachers from further and higher education are rarely considered together. This book explores the differences and similarities that exist between these groups. It provides an up-to-date account of developments and brings together arguments and debates about both groups of teachers to challenge some strongly held beliefs.

Focusing on aspects of teachers' professionalism, Jocelyn Robson considers what 'professionalism' may mean and ways in which 'professionalism' has been studied. She goes on to consider:

  • professional standards, training and qualifications
  • professional identities and communities
  • opportunities and strategies for professional development and renewal
  • key debates in the literature and the most significant policy developments
  • the main challenges currently facing the teaching profession in further and higher education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Meanings of Professionalism  3. Standards, Training and Qualifications  4. Teachers' Work  5. Teachers' Communities and Identities  6. Continuing Development for Teachers  7. Encountering the Future  8. Glossary

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Jocelyn Robson is Reader/ Principal Research Fellow in post-compulsory education, Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University, UK


'Given the blurring of boundaries in England between further and higher education, Jocelyn Robson's recent book on teacher professionalism in FE and HE is a welcome contribution to the literature on what it means to be professional and how the nature of working in these post-compulsory sectors has created a series of challenges.' - Higher Education Review