The professional autonomy of teachers to exercise their judgment and act on it is an important source of strength in a public education system, and as such, should be valued by the broader society as well as by members of the profession. Much of our job satisfaction in teaching comes from exercising our professional judgment in order to meet the diverse needs of our students.
Teacher Newsmagazine articles
- Joanna Larson, Professional autonomy in teaching (Oct 2011)
- Jane Turner and Mary Filleul, Big dreams and better plans for the best ProD: Professional autonomy district-wide, Nanaimo style (Oct 2010)
- April 2009 issue - focus on "Paths to Professional Autonomy"
- David Denyer, Life as a test
- David Futter, Professional autonomy and coercive collaboration: Middle-school prep time, teaming, and ETS assessment for learning
- Debra Swain, A beginning teacher speaks about professional autonomy after spending a year teaching in England
- Diane McNally, Teacher professional autonomy and public education: The practice of educating citizens, not consumers
- Eric Bonfield, Professional autonomy
- Lise Tétrault, Professional autonomy: Key to student success
- Paul Shaker, Teacher professional autonomy and accountability
- Ron Sherman, Name it, frame it, and claim it
- Viva Moodley, The professional model
- Anita Chapman, Professional autonomy (Sep/Oct 2003)
- Anita Chapman, Professional autonomy in the life of a teacher (Apr 2003)
- Pat Clarke, A union of professionals or something else? (Nov/Dec 2002)
- Larry Kuehn, Teachers' professionalism under attack (Apr 2002)
Teacher professional autonomy: What is it? Why is it important?
Teachers as professionals
- Alberta Teachers’ Association. (2008). Teachers: The professional face of education. [Pamphlet]
- Casey, L. (2007). The quest for professional voice: Why it has been – and continues to be – high on our teacher union agenda. American Educator, 31(2).
- Coulter, D. & Orme, L. (2000). Teacher professionalism: The wrong conversation. Education Canada, 40(1): 4-7.
- Ingersoll, R., & Merrill, E. (2011). The status of teaching as a profession. In J. Ballantine and J. Spade (Eds.), Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Education. (p. 185-198) 4th Ed. CA: Pine Forge Press/SAGE Publications.
- Larouche, R. (2008). The perception of professionalism? The Manitoba Teacher Online.
- Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. (2011). Teacher professionalism: A public trust.
- Walker, T., & Logan, R. (2011, Mar 18). Global education leaders: Nations must elevate the teaching profession. NEA Today [blog].
- Whitty, G. (2006). Teacher professionalism in a new era. Paper presented at the first General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland Annual Lecture, Belfast, Mar 2006.
Professional autonomy in professional development
The situation in Finland
Updated August 2013