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To Professionalize or Not to Professionalize? Higher Education and the Teacher Workforce Conundrum


by Mary Hatwood Futrell & Janet Craig Heddesheimer — 2004

Over the past two decades in the United States, there has been an increased emphasis on ensuring an adequate supply of teachers to serve our diverse student population. In response to this need, a movement to redefine teaching as a profession in order to attract and retain more teachers has emerged. At the same time, a countermovement has emerged, advocating that anyone who can meet minimal content and pedagogical standards should be allowed to teach. Both approaches use the phrase “highly qualified” to describe their teacher candidates.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 103. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 13, 2004, p. 399-408
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18579, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 4:05:26 PM

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  • Mary Futrell
    George Washington University
    MARY HATWOOD FUTRELL is Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University.
  • Janet Heddesheimer
    George Washington University
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    JANET CRAIG HEDDESHEIMER is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University.
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