Professionalism And The Core Values And Ethical Obligation Of Teaching

744 Words Nov 4th, 2016 3 Pages
The concept of professionalism in educators is complicated and multidimensional. Just like other professions, teaching “has its own unique set of ethical concepts and professional values which define and frame ethically responsible conduct” (Maxwell & Schwimmer, 2016). Discussing about professionalism helps educators to explore the core values and ethical obligation of teaching (Maxwell & Schwimmer, 2016). Qualities of professionalism varies among educators as everyone has different understanding and values towards professionalism. In my opinion, professional educator should be educated, experienced, and committed to ongoing professional development.
First, a professional teacher is educated and experienced. M. Tichenor and J. Tichenor (2009) examined, from surveys completed by school teachers and administrators, that professional teachers are educated and experienced. Teachers should understand children’s physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development in order to meet their needs (Tichenor & Tichenor, 2009, p. 12). To better support all the different children’s needs, educators should be familiar about their development. “Early childhood educators [should] understand the sequences and patters of child development and cultural influences on those patterns…to create environments and plan programs that are responsive to the children in their care” (Early childhood educators of BC, p. 4). Teachers should also have the pedagogical knowledge about children to develop…

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