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Teacher Specialization and the Growth of a Bureaucratic Profession


by Stephen T. Kerr 1983

Entitlement legislation, demographic trends, and increased status and control over a student constituency have encouraged teachers to specialize. This trend can lead to bureaucratization and fragmentation of the profession. Specialized professional services should be provided in a way that recognizes client involvement in decision making.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 84 Number 3, 1983, p. 629-651
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 821, Date Accessed: 3/30/2017 12:41:47 PM

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  • Stephen Kerr
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    STEPHEN T. KERR is associate professor in the Department of Communication, Computing, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research has focused on the impact of technological change on roles of educators in schools; the development of instructional technology and related concepts in the developing countries and in the USSR; the ways in which teachers and other untrained designers of instructional materials proceed when generating plans for educational programs or products; and the ways in which textual information can be presented optimally in both print and non-print formats.
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