The Classroom Situation: Does Teaching Qualify To Be Called a Profession?
|Author(s)||by Maxwell Constantine Chando Musingafi, Kudzayi Chiwanza|
|Keywords||Classroom, profession, teaching, education, occupation, specialisation, knowledge.|
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For the past five decades, educators have been debating over whether teaching can be considered a profession. Studies have investigated theories of professionalisation; consensus has not been reached on how a profession should be defined. This conceptual paper explores the definition and characteristics of a profession justifying why teaching qualifies to be a profession. The paper argues that teaching is a professional career where an individual is held accountable through a series of tests, assessments and tools to gauge the achievement of students and their learning. Teaching is a partnership between schools, community, and parents to help children succeed in their academic careers. Each time a teacher has exposure to a student they have the opportunity to provide building blocks for students to take with them to new studies.
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