Public and personal domains : professional standards for teachers of English in Australia

Doecke, Brenton 2001, Public and personal domains : professional standards for teachers of English in Australia, L1 educational studies in language and literature, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 163-177.

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Title Public and personal domains : professional standards for teachers of English in Australia
Author(s) Doecke, Brenton
Journal name L1 educational studies in language and literature
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 163
End page 177
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht , Netherlands
Publication date 2001-05
ISSN 1567-6617
Keyword(s) English teaching
literary education
professional development
professional standards
Summary For many teachers the term ‘professional standards’ conjures up notions of benchmarks against which to measure their performance. This is to locate standards in a public domain that is external to individual teachers, defining their professional role largely in terms of their accountability to other stakeholders in education. The following article argues an alternative view of standards as mediating between public and personal domains. Those domains should remain distinct – indeed, sometimes they may exist in a productive tension – but for standards to have any purchase with the profession they must be personally meaningful. The author draws on both his experience in teaching graduate English students in the pre-service Diploma in Education course at Monash University and his research in a national project to develop subject specific standards for primary and secondary teachers of English. The project, Standards for Teachers of English Language and Literacy in Australia (STELLA), is federally funded and involves a consortium of universities, state government bodies and the two English teaching associations, whose members constitute the panels of teachers at the heart of the project.
Language eng
Field of Research 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035824

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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