Saturday, September 3, 2011

Reflective teachers with positive attitudes: Need of the hour, reiterated in NCF for Teacher Education, 2010

Professionalization in Teacher Education

Teaching profession from times imemorial has been a profession of great dignity and responsibility. There are various personality dimensions of critical importance that need to be developed in the teachers. Since they are concerned with the complete development- physical, intellectual, emotional, social, moral and spiritual of human beings, their training has to be of prime significance with respect to not only the curricular aspect but also from  pedagogical standpoint.
This need is to be dealt at the teacher education level consistently, at both the pre-service and the in-service levels. The latter aspect is more essential to be reflected upon because we need evolving and learning professionals in the form of teachers who are adept with the latest 21st century skills and knowledge. The NCF-Teacher Education 2010 has focussed on this issue of 'Professionalization of Teacher Education' very articulatively.  
Kindly visit the following URL to read the complete document on National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education-2010, published by the NCTE.


  1. Good to start with new ideas and creation. All the best for your blog.

  2. Good evening ma'am
    your blog on reflective teachers is wonderful initiative.The blog is providing complete information about NCF for teacher education 2010.
    Thanks for inviting me.

  3. very informative blog rightly quote the need for reflective teachers.
    Professionalism needs to be installed in every phase of teacher preparation as teachers with competencies and commitment encompassed by professional ethics are the need of the hour.

    looking forward to read your next blog! :)

  4. Infusing professionalism,in its true spirit,in teacher education-at all levels-is the need of hour. Teaching profession and especially the teacher education programs can gain their lost status by doing so. Hope that your initiative will boost the morale of those having urge to contribute in this regard.

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    Teacher professionalism has relevant significance in education in that it affects the role of the teacher and his or her pedagogy, which in return affects the student’s ability to learn effectively. It can be defined as the ability to reach students in a meaningful way, developing innovative approaches to mandated content while motivating, engaging, and inspiring young adult minds to prepare for ever-advancing technology.

    However, this definition does little to exemplify precisely how a professional teacher carries himself or herself. Due to the growing autonomy being given to educators, professionalism remains one of the most influential attributes of education today. Teacher professionalism contains three essential characteristics, competence, performance, and conduct, which reflect the educator’s goals, abilities, and standards, and directly impact the effectiveness of teaching through the development of these qualities.

    The four key points need to be focused to improve teaching profession :
    1. There is a need to recognize teachers’ work as complex and demanding.
    An improvement in teacher quality requires a re-conceptualization of initial teacher
    A re-conceptualization of initial teacher education is best based on a redefined
    Redefined professionalism recognizes the intellectual dimension, a balance of autonomy,
    control and responsibility, reflexivity, heteronomy and continuous learning as critical
    attributes that define the 21st century teacher’s work

    2. Innovative pathways in recruitment and continual innovation in teacher preparation
    programmes are required.
    Teacher preparation programmes need to broaden their entry requirements to diversify the
    teaching corps and better represent diverse student populations.
    Teacher preparation programmes require innovative recruitment pathways that allow entry
    for “non-traditional” candidates.
    Teacher preparation programmes require continual innovation to respond to changing needs.

    3. Teacher education is enhanced by comprehensive teacher induction that fosters lifelong
    Induction is a vital part in the formation of teacher professionalism and identity.
    Induction is most effective when seen as a comprehensive system beyond just support and
    assistance for beginning teachers.
    Teacher education institutions need to prepare a comprehensive curriculum for beginning
    teacher induction.
    Effective professional development strategies seek the active involvement of teachers and are
    largely school-based, developmental in nature and ongoing.

    4. New designs for teacher education will need to rest on strong partnerships with key
    The best conditions for successful partnerships in teacher education occur when faculties of
    education maintain close ties with schools, thus deeply engaging other faculties in the
    university as well as strengthening community linkages in teacher preparation.
    Principles and strategies must be put in place to ensure productive and successful
    partnerships in teacher preparation.
    - Chhabi Mohan


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