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Can professional certification for teachers reshape teaching as a career?

IT WAS Dan Lortie who first observed that teaching is an "unstaged" career -- in the sense of lacking a progression of stages through which one can expect to advance.(FN1) Yet teachers have long known -- and often complained -- that their responsibilities seldom change from the first to the last day of work. For most, the routines of planning, teaching, grading, and meeting recur with little variation through the years. In the end, it is memorable students rather than professional milestones that highlight the phases of a typical career in teaching.

  • Contributor: Johnson, S. M.
  • Date Published: January
  • Journal/Secondary Title: Phi Delta Kappan
  • Number: 5
  • Volume: 82
  • Year: 2001

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