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Jerry P. Becker

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What is a profession?
Posted: Sep 19, 2000 2:57 PM
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Lee Shulman, in an article in the Elementary School Journal a couple
of years ago, discussed what a profession is. Here's a very brief
summary (not verbatim) of his idea of what a professional is:

All professions are characterized by the following attributes:

* the obligations of service to others, as in a "calling";
* understanding of a scholarly or theoretical kind;
* a domain of skilled performance or practice;
* the exercise of judgment under conditions of unavoidable uncertainty;
* the need for learning from experience as theory and practice interact; and
* a professional community to monitor quality and aggregate knowledge.

Lee Shulman

[Elementary School Journal, May, 1998, Volume 98, Number 5, p. 516]

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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