Enhancing Teacher Professionalism and Status

Promoting Recognition, Registration and Standards

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Enhancing Teacher Professionalism and Status

Publication date: 15 January 2011
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-038-8
Pages: 64

Ensuring that teachers’ professionalism is appropriately recognised and rewarded is a challenge, especially at a time when that professional status itself is often under threat.

The fifth Commonwealth Teachers’ Research Symposium brought together teachers, researchers and education policy-makers to share experiences from developed and developing countries both within and outside the Commonwealth. This event was a further contribution to ensuring that teachers with professional qualifications of good standard are able to move freely between countries of the Commonwealth and the wider world, having those qualifications and skills recognised and valued.

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Symposium Statement

Opening of the Symposium
Launch of the Commonwealth Secretariat Publication Fair Trade for Teachers: Transferability of Teacher Qualifications in the Commonwealth by Professor Jonathan Jansen and Dr James Keevy
Opening address from Professor Jonathan Jansen

Symposium Day One

Session 1. Commonwealth Welcome Message and Keynote Address
The Commonwealth message
Introduction of keynote speaker by Dr James Keevy
Keynote address by Professor Jonathan Jansen
Response from Dr Carol Anne Spreen
Discussion and deliberations

Session 2. Researching Teacher Professionalism and Status: The South and Southern African Context
Promoting teacher recognition and status in Southern Africa
Transnational migration, gender and teacher status
The role of the South African Qualifications Authority in the professional qualifications and research context: New opportunities for South African teachers and the South African Council of Educators (SACE) to further improve the professional status of teachers
Discussion and deliberations

Session 3. The Commonwealth Teacher Experience with Professional Status and Recognition in the Context of International Teacher Mobility
Researching Commonwealth teacher qualifications: Some country cases
One teacher’s story – Personal agency and professional development and status in Commonwealth teacher migration
Discussion and deliberations
Economics and education: Labour markets and human capital development in small states
Discussion and deliberations

Symposium Day Two

Review of Day One

Session 4. Research Initiatives in International Teacher Professional Recognition, Qualifications and Quality Assurance
Quality assurance and professional qualifications: the role of UNESCO
Addressing harmonisation of teacher qualifications in the Caribbean region
Importing educators: implications and outcomes of the research for US education
Discussion and deliberations

Session 5. ‘‘Fish bowl’‘ forum theme: Teachers and the future in addressing professional recognition, status and qualifications
Panel 1 – Teacher status and professional recognition
Panel 2 – Teacher qualifications, recognition and comparability


1. Symposium Programme
2. List of Delegates