Publication date:08 April 2014
Length of book:144 pages
This essential text provides an accessible and up to date critical analysis of professionalism for student teachers and practitioners within the Further Education (FE) sector. Professional values, knowledge, understanding and skills form the core of the standards against which teachers are measured and the framework for the teacher’s development, starting with initial qualifications and progressing through a career long process of continual professional development (CPD).
The book introduces a range of theoretical models and examples of professionalism. It examines the critical importance of self-awareness and understanding of others as the basis for effective professional relationships with learners. The application of professional values, knowledge and skills, both in the teaching role and in the wider academic community, is discussed. Throughout the reader is encouraged to relate the theories to their own professional values and practice and to reflect on their own levels of professionalism and CPD requirements.
I found it provided a very refreshing and contemporary approach to teaching in FE, recognising that it is a different environment to schools. I particularly liked the way it addresses the commercial aspects of FE teaching, which is often overlooked. It also provides very good links between theory and practice, without getting bogged-down by theorists.