Strategies offered to ‘re-professionalize’ teaching

A variety of forces are “de-professionalizing” teaching but there are ways to reverse the trend, according to a policy brief released Tuesday by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

The brief identifies three forces impacting teachers:

  • Alternative (fast-track or no-track) teacher preparation and licensure.
  • Teacher evaluation approaches that are largely focused on students’ test scores.
  • Scripted, narrow curriculum that can be constricting and demoralizing for high-quality teachers.

In Reversing the Deprofessionalization of Teaching, the authors describe the impact of teacher-level reforms and offer a path to restoring teaching as a profession.

The authors make five recommendations for policymakers:

  1. Strengthening teacher education programs, with increased focus on developing pedagogical content knowledge and expertise.
  2. State education agencies should not recognize or approve teacher education programs or accreditation agencies that fail to provide a full teacher preparation program with appropriate field experience.
  3. Teacher evaluations should also be strengthened, making use of established approaches, such as peer assistance and review.
  4. A moratorium should be placed on test-based policies such as value-added teacher assessment.
  5. A broadening of the curriculum, with a partial or complete decoupling of test scores from high-stakes consequences.

This is the second part of Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking, a multipart brief that takes up a number of important policy issues and identifies policies supported by research. Each section focuses on a different issue, and its recommendations to policymakers are based on the latest scholarship. This brief by William J. Mathis and Kevin Welner, University of Colorado Boulder, updates the research from a previous policy brief by Professor Richard Milner, the Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

The series of briefs is released by the National Education Policy Center with funding from the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

Find the brief on the GLC website:
http://greatlakescenter.org/research_based_options_2015.php

Or on the NEPC website at:
http://nepc.colorado.edu/

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Strategies offered to ‘re-professionalize’ teaching

In Reversing the Deprofessionalization of Teaching, the authors describe the impact of teacher-level reforms and offer a path to restoring teaching as a profession.