Profesional Practice

Professional Understanding

The notion of professionalism and quality in education can be deemed to place a high barometer of expectation upon teachers in FE yet at the same time acts as a bench mark and anchor in the meeting of aims and goals for educational organisations. This essay will consider the different sociologic concepts of professionalism, examine Quality Assurance systems and the effects it has on teachers, and explore governments general influence on education, from Ifl and Ofsted all the way down to FE colleges due to the progressive changes in the sector of education. I will endevour to relate these issues to my experience as a trainee teacher at an FE college and draw upon valued experience and opinions of colleagues within the sector.

The notion of professionalism and quality in the roles of a FE teacher are best determined when the meaning of each term is first clearly clarified. The Oxford dictionary definition of the words, profession, professionalism, quality and quality assurance are defined below:

Profession: ‘paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification’

Professionalism: ‘the high standard that you expect from a person who is well trained in a particular job’

Quality: ‘the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something’

Quality assurance: ‘the practice of managing the way goods are produced or services are provided to make sure they are kept at a high standard.’
Oxford Dictionaries Online. (2013).
The qualities, which a professional teacher adopts, are all qualities which learners may or would almost consider sacrosanct in modeling, be it attire, skills, moral fibre, or etiquette, subject knowledge or helpfulness. Whether it’s a teacher in school, college or university: knowledge, enthusiasm, fairness, preparedness, creativity, respect, leadership and...