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Peripheral professionals? The place of teacher educators in higher education

Duncan, Sam (2014) Peripheral professionals? The place of teacher educators in higher education. In: Professional Life in Modern British Higher Education. IOE Press, London, pp. 114-124. ISBN 978-0-85473-999-8

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Abstract

This chapter is an examination of the place of teacher educators within higher education institutions. It is an exploration of what could be seen as our 'peripheral professionalism' and, as such, it is an attempt to bring together a number of themes or questions. We first need to pull together the debates and discussions around the professionalism of teachers (rather than teacher educators), includign the role of theory in the formulation of a teacher's professional expertise. We need to analyse the place of a teacher education course within that developing professionalism and, then, the role of the teacher educator. In this way, we will lay out the challenges to the professionalism of any teacher educators, in any context, before turning to the specific challenges for teacher educators within higher education institutions. Finally, we will explore the potential glories of the periphery; the dynamics of standardization, diversity and development; and the need to refocus our attention on aspects of professionalism less often in the limelight: vocation, care, and service to the community.

Item Type: Book Section
Controlled Keywords: professionalism, teacher education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 12:51
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:56
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