Professionalism and Teacher Education

Voices from Policy and Practice

  • Amanda Gutierrez
  • Jillian Fox
  • Colette Alexander

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Colette Alexander, Jillian Fox, Amanda Gutierrez
    Pages 1-23
  3. Social and Political Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Donna Pendergast, Beryl Exley, Nan Bahr, Jo-Anne Ferreira
      Pages 47-67
  4. Partnership Engagement

  5. Collaborative Professionalism

About this book


This book explores how educators are proactively working to reclaim teacher professionalism by engaging in exemplary practice and promoting quality education for all. It examines voices in contemporary Australian teacher education and how professionalism can contribute to achieving the multiplicity of purposes in education.

The work of contemporary teachers and teacher educators, and perceptions about this work, have changed significantly. In recent times, governments have identified key issues linked to the quality of teachers, as presented in multiple inquiries, creating shifts in public policy and increasing regulation. Educators must work towards improving public and policy maker perceptions of teaching as a profession. Teacher educators make an important contribution in engaging in ongoing scholarship and debate that examine research and practice and speak back to managerial discourses on professionalism. It is through this work that educators shape and re-shape understanding of what it means to be a professional.


contemporary teacher education professional teachers and teacher educators professionalism in learning and teaching schooling experiences public and policy maker perceptions of teaching perceptions of teaching as a profession public policy and regulation and quality of teachers research and practice in teacher education contemporary teacher professionalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Amanda Gutierrez
    • 1
  • Jillian Fox
    • 2
  • Colette Alexander
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationAustralian Catholic UniversityBanyoAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationAustralian Catholic UniversityBanyoAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationAustralian Catholic UniversityBanyoAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-7001-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-7002-1
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