Literature On Teacher Professionalism And The Vocational Culture Of Teaching

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What does it mean to be a ‘good’ teacher’? Discuss in relation to the literature on teacher professionalism and the vocational culture of teaching Introduction Teachers are role models who share their knowledge and passion for a subject to their students. They do not only have the technical ability to teach but they also have the mental capacity to deal with many challenging students to assess each situation in a pragmatic manner. Teachers have collective attributes which help the students to learn and excel during their academic years. One of this is that they challenge the students by giving them extra work in order for the students to develop more skills to help them in their academic years. This will able the teachers to get feedback…show more content…
Also the governments and the teachers’ perspectives on the notion of an ideal teacher? In the first section of the essay, it will be an outline of what is ‘identity’, how people form an identity and how identity is a crucial part of teaching as a profession. Teacher Identity ‘It is not entirely possible to answer the question what is identity?’ (Lawler, 2008). Identity as a term is quite difficult to define adequately in the sense that it is a contradictory phrase explaining both sameness and uniqueness. Many theorists such as Marcia and Erikson have attempted to answer this difficult question but rather define the process and identified the influences as there is not an exact definition for this complex process. The word itself derives from a Latin lexes item which means identical, supporting the fact that people often express who they are through common identities with others. Such as women, men even teachers. However in a contradicting sense people also achieve a sense of identity through uniqueness, relying on ‘not being something else’ (Lawler, 2008). This combination ultimately represents a ‘balance between self and others’. Identity is believed to form adolescents influenced by both social and individual elements, as one tries to identify themselves striving for self-satisfaction. Also the desire to achieve certain criteria or profile in order to feel as they belong to a particular niche. ‘For the child whose earlier years have been deprived –
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