byJudyth Sachs

Paperback | January 16, 2003

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"This is a thoughtful, provocative and important book. Clear, concise, articulate and pulling no punches, Judyth Sachs maps out an agenda for a new 'transformative professionalism' which celebrates the complexities of teacher' identities and work, and acknowledges the tensions between standards of accountability and autonomy. She argues persuasively for a reorientation of policy from managerial to a democratic and radical reconceptualisation of teacher education programmes and notions of teacher professionalism. Her text, richly supported by case studies of practice, will appeal to teachers and teacher educators worldwide who are committed to principles of active participation, trust and community." - Professor Chris W. Day, University of Nottingham

* What forms of professionalism are shaping the teaching profession?

* How can the concept of teacher professionalism be revitalized so that it is relevant to the needs and aspirations of teachers working in increasingly difficult and constantly changing work environments?

The Activist Teaching Profession examines the issue of teacher professionalism as a social and political strategy to enhance the status and activities of the teaching profession. The book is contextualized within current debates, both government policy and scholarly, about teacher professionalism.

Evidence to support the development of alternative forms of teacher professionalism utilizing new structural arrangements with various stakeholders through collaboration and cooperation, is represented using examples from Australia and elsewhere. Teacher inquiry is presented as an initiative whereby teacher professionalism can be developed.

A strategy for re-establishing the moral and intellectual leadership of the teaching profession along activist lines is developed in the last section of the book. Issues surrounding teacher professional identity are examined in the light of the discourses that are shaping teacher professionalism. Rethinking professional identity provides a basis for developing new forms of teacher professionalism. The Activist Teaching Profession is both a wake up call and a call to action for teachers and the community alike.
Judyth Sachs is Professor of Education at the University of Sydney. She is a past President of the Australian Association for Research in Education and a former member of the Executive and Council of the Australian College of Education. She has taught in schools in urban and remote Queensland and held academic positions at the Universi...
Title:ACTIVIST TEACHING PROFESSIONFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.98 × 5.94 × 0.43 inPublished:January 16, 2003Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335208185

ISBN - 13:9780335208180

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Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Teacher professionalism in transition
Rethinking the practice of teacher professionalism
The politics of professionalism
Preparing activist teacher professionals
Teacher research for professional renewal
Professional in practice
New professional identities for new times
The activist teacher professional