Towards A New Professionalism: Enhancing Personal and Professional Development in Teacher Education

Feb. 20, 2010

Source: Journal of Education for Teaching, Volume 35, Issue 1 February 2009 , pages 77 – 91.

The diversity and complexity of the post-modern era places new and important challenges on teacher education. The crucial role that personal dispositions have for professional learning needs to be better understood and acknowledged. Teacher training programs need to focus more on objectives such as promoting conflict literacy, self-awareness, empathy, leadership and collaborative skills, i.e. taking into account not only the cognitive but also the social and emotional aspects of human development. This paper presents Swedish lecturers' descriptions of what they consider to be competences and qualities necessary for future teachers. Their descriptions constitute the starting point for a wider discussion on the decisive role of beliefs and emotions in being and becoming a teacher. Issues raised here should be able to contribute to a better understanding of what it means to be a teacher and, consequently, result in improvements in the planning of teacher training programs.

Updated: Apr. 30, 2009