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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