T7 Issues on Philosophy of Education

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Issues on teacher’s professional practice

The teachers hold a special position of trust where the society expect the teachers to act as a role model to the learner besides performing many other important roles concerning the planning and implementation of the curriculum. The teacher’s conduct and professional practice have a significant impact on the lives of children and young people who would become the leaders for the future generations. Hence, the community have high expectation on the teachers so that they may exercise their power and influence in the desirable way.

The Australian Department of Education and Training (2006) had underlined the following principles of professional practice as:

  • Service to the public
    – It is important to act in a manner which promotes confidence in the integrity of the public service and the profession.
  • Responsiveness to the government and the needs of the public
    –  It the teachers’ duty and obligation to implement the policies of the elected government, particularly as they relate to education at the same time complying with and applying the policies of the Department.
  • Accountability
    –  Teachers are accountable for upholding the law and adhering to the policies of the government as they relate to their employment. Teachers are also accountable for the educational programs they deliver.
  • Fairness and integrity
    –  Teachers should respect the rights and dignity of students, their colleagues and others and it is necessary to avoid conflicts between their private interests and professional responsibilities.
  • Efficiency and effectiveness
    – As a rule of thumb, the teachers need to avoid waste and extravagance in using school resources, using school property and resources appropriately as well as maintaining high standards of professionalism, probity and performance


The community have raised issues over certain teacher’s code of conduct such as:

  • Commitment to the professional practice and official duties
  • Competence, in-depth knowledge of the relevant subject matter.
  • Implementing new strategies or methodology consistently

Can you think of some other issues over this topic of discussion?



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