The Importance Of Professionalism And Core Professional Values For Teachers

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Discuss and critically evaluate the concept of professionalism and core professional values for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Recognise and analyse issues in relation to professional conduct and accountability in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Evaluate and improve your own wider professional practice.

Defining the concept of professionalism and how it is achieved is a matter of much in- depth discussion which has taken place over recent years due to some major policy changes in the Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS). There are essentially two ends of the spectrum; one which is aiming to enforce professionalism from the perimeter of the teaching profession through the use of policies. The other train of thought believes that professionalism should emanate from inside the teaching profession itself suggesting that teachers should become more like doctors and lawyers. In order to analyse the various issues which arise from the whole professionalism discussion, it is necessary to look at the wider implications of this concept in terms of one’s own professional conduct and accountability as a practitioner in the LLS. The latter term dominates discussion along with teachers’ responsibilities, quality and dual professionalism within the ever changing and complex role of a tutor. In this assignment I will examine what has become a paradoxical relationship between professionalism and teaching and look at my own experience as a part time hourly paid Literacy lecturer at

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