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Unions, Teacher Development, and Professionalism

by Robert M. McClure - 1999

What it means to be a teacher in most American public schools has changed during the current “school reform movement,” which began in the mid-1980s and will probably extend past the turn of the century. During this time, the ranks of teachers became more female, mature, experienced, Caucasian, educated, and married. Three other changes have affected the nature and extent of individual and collective teacher professionalism: the work of teachers, the culture of the school, and the views teachers have of themselves as practitioners.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 98, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 5, 1999, p. 63-84
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18723, Date Accessed: 6/16/2021 7:44:37 AM

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  • Robert McClure
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    Robert M. McClure is Co-director of the Charter Schools Initiative of the National Education Association.
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