Musings on professionalism

I am reading about professionalism, particularly with regard to the changes ahead of us in Teacher Education. I found this paper from Jill Jameson. Here are her reflections and questions at the end.

“I argue that, within a generally low trust, highly pressurised wider environment of rapid policy changes in a recession, it is important that professionals maintain their agency and autonomy within communities of practice, external as necessary, and that leaders in the sector learn to build high trust environments locally using distributed or shared leadership models (Jameson, 2011a-d).
Yet it seems that these lessons may not yet have been learned sufficiently to enable a fully functioning sense of professionalism to operate within the learning and skills sector. Is this the case? If so, what can we do to facilitate higher trust environments and a more successful development of professionalism within the sector?

The full text and the references are here:…

There are some fora within my workplace for the development of communities of practice, and these are to be welcomed. Space exists to discuss teaching and learning face to face, and via Yammer, but take-up from teachers is limited so far. More importantly I have yet to see the sort of leadership that Jill advocates. Perhaps there is a correlation?


2 responses to “Musings on professionalism

  1. Doing a lot of reading around professionalism at the moment in preparation for rewriting the professionalism assignment. Interesting comparing the IfL and the FE Guild re similarities. Let us hope that the FE Guild is introduced properly so people understand it

  2. Thanks Corrine. You make an important point about the FE guild. Our profession (if we can call it one) has such a long way to go in relation to the regulatory body. Still, we watch and wait…

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