Raising the Professionalism of Teachers? Content Elements for Post-initial Master’s Level Programs

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Abstract

In the European policies to increase the quality of teachers, much attention is given to the upgrading of qualifications. However, in European debates on teacher education, e.g. within the context of the Education & Training 2020 program, discussions about the qualification level are mostly restricted to initial teacher education. This raises the question what possibilities there are to raise the qualification level of teachers already working in schools. From this perspective, there is a need to take a closer look at in-service Master’s qualification programs, at existing arrangements and programs, at their focus and their impact on the professionalism of teachers. The paper addresses issues with respect to the conditions for successful in-service Master’s level qualification programs and reflects on content elements that should be part of the curriculum of these programs. In answering the question what content elements should be part of inservice Master’s programs that extend the minimum standards for teachers, the paper focuses on the ‘secondary role’ of teachers that extends beyond the primary process of teaching and learning and connects this to the concept of extended professionalism (Hoyle 1975, Stenhouse 1975). The paper concludes with a frame of reference that can be used to analyse the contribution of in-service Master’s level qualification programs to the professionalism of teachers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping Quality Cultures in Teacher Education
Subtitle of host publicationExpanding Horizons in Relation to Quality Assurance
EditorsEve Eisenschmidt, Erika Löfström
Place of PublicationTallinn
PublisherTallinn University
Pages55-77
ISBN (Print)9789949290239
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event4th Teacher Education Policy in Europe Conference 2010: TEPE 2010 - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 30 Sep 20102 Oct 2010

Conference

Conference4th Teacher Education Policy in Europe Conference 2010
CountryEstonia
CityTallinn
Period30/09/102/10/10

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