TITLE

The Ideal Professor of Education

AUTHOR(S)
Wisniewski, Richard
PUB. DATE
December 1986
SOURCE
Phi Delta Kappan;Dec86, Vol. 68 Issue 4, p288
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author emphasizes that a commitment to scholarship, which is the essence of university life, must characterize those who prepare teachers. Teachers who do not share this commitment contribute to education's second-class status in the academy. Dictionaries define ideal as a standard of perception or a person or thing that embodies such a standard. All of those who interact with professors help to set expectations for professional behavior. Because scholarly activity is central to the ideal professor, the importance of a rigorous doctoral program cannot be overstated. The performance level of one's peers and the norms of one's workplace are the most critical and the most complex of the variables that influence professional behavior in schools of education. The ideal professor remains a student throughout life, generating knowledge or critiquing and analyzing the knowledge generated by others. If education professors were uniformly active students of their craft, the reputation of education departments would be much higher. Professional service must also grow out of a foundation of ongoing scholarship. A professor who counsels practicing professionals should be dispensing state-of-the-art knowledge. They should expect students to demonstrate a commitment to learning and skill development that goes beyond the often routine expectations of courses.
ACCESSION #
8600003336

 

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