Professionalism, Research and Teaching

  • Terry Hyland
Part of the Lifelong Learning Book Series book series (LLLB, volume 17)


The changing conceptions of professionalism in teaching and its umbrella activities are examined against the background of significant changes in the ways in which teaching is regarded by the public and central government. Different approaches to the theory and research which underpins teaching and teacher education are examined in the context of responses to the erosion of autonomy and ‘de-professionalisation’ of teaching in recent years. Drawing on mindfulness traditions, teaching is discussed as an instance of ‘right livelihood’ which is informed by a range of ethical and moral principles and values. Mindfulness may be used to reinforce the attempts to ‘re-professionalise’ teaching in the light of recent political, social and economic trends, and the development of research on mindfulness and learning at all levels can the support the goal of enhancing the affective dimension of education.


Teacher Education Professional Knowledge Practical Wisdom Professional Autonomy Teacher Professionalism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts, Media and EducationUniversity of BoltonBoltonUK

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