Teachers at work: Utilising professional teaching skills in industry settings

Robin Sefton, Peter Waterhouse

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AS more teachers move into new areas such as enterprise-based workplace education, concerns have been expressed regarding the deprofessionalisation of their work. This article explores an approach to workplace education, within a manufacturing environment, which not only re-defines the work of teachers in ways which utilise, enhance and extend their skills, but also values the role of professional educators in advising industry personnel on matters relating to learning and assisting in the development of learning frameworks. It is argued that when competence is contextualised and viewed holistically, and the subsequent training program is based on the complex reality of the particular workplace, all the professional skills of teachers are required to design effective learning strategies. If the resultant educational program is also to be responsive to the needs of the learners and sufficiently flexible to encompass changes in the workplace as they occur, its development and implementation will pose a unique challenge to teachers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-275
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Journal of Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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