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Professionalisation of Teaching in Universities: Implications from a Training Perspective

International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education201310:10010345

https://doi.org/10.7238/rusc.v10i1.1471

Received: 15 February 2012

Accepted: 15 October 2012

Published: 15 January 2013

Abstract

While the professionalisation of teaching is not a new topic of pedagogical study, its consideration in today’s training context is relevant from a three-fold perspective: 1) Integrating formal, non-formal and informal learning systems; 2) Lifelong learning; and 3) Competency-based training, where importance is placed on initial training and continuing education, and on professional development.

After a review of these three aspects, the article provides a brief characterisation of the professionalisation of teaching and the professional development of teachers. Finally, a number of implications regarding trainer training in higher education are analysed.

Keywords

professionalisation professional development lifelong learning competency-based training trainer training higher education