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By Jonathan Tummons

This confident and inspiring ebook recognizes the anxieties and difficulties confronted via trainee academics in the united kingdom studying and abilities zone. It examines the questions of professionalism and values and ethics in the zone, utilizing numerous various theoretical views to probe those key subject matters. furthermore, daily examples and united kingdom case-studies are used to teach such matters in context. it truly is excellent studying for a person who desires to comprehend the trainee's accountability to scholars, fellow academics, managers, and to different stakeholders

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Is the choice of CPD activity always down to the individual teacher? At some point, someone is going to have to make a decision about professional development and training. The exact mechanics of this process vary between different institutions, however. In this first extract from his journal, David, who is a newly qualified teacher in a further education college, reflects on his recent teacher training, his first year as a teacher, and on the next stage of his professional development. One of the things that has surprised me is how much more there is to learn.

But the demands of a learning and skills sector that rests on notions of a free market mean that if a course is not breaking even, irrespective of the dedication and hard work of a popular tutor, then it may have to be closed. Class sizes as a defining factor of professionalism Things are not always clear cut. In the previous chapter, the first case study explicitly drew attention to class sizes as a location for disagreement between the interests of tutors, who would seek to limit a class size for pedagogical reasons, and the interests of managers, who would seek to maximise a class size, within certain limits, for reasons of profitability.

On the other hand, the constant need to supply this audit culture with the paperwork that it needs can lead tutors to feel that the paperwork is seen as being more important than the actual teaching that they are doing. And there are broader issues at stake to do with the nature of professionalism: can’t a professional tutor simply be trusted to do their work? This issue will be explored further in Chapter 6. A definition of quality For tutors, whether full- or part-time, whether working in a large college or a small community centre, quality assurance can be seen as being embedded in all aspects of professional practice.

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