educator roles & responsibilities
When considering what my roles and responsibilities as a professional educator would be, I developed the following mindmap:
The roles and responsibilities of a professional educator have certainly changed over time due to the increasing complexity of teaching that has resulted from globalisation, rapidly changing information technology, and increased economic pressures (Harvey, 1989 and Hargreaves, 1994, as cited in Woods, Jeffrey, Troman & Boyle, 1997). The role of the teacher has undergone a process that Apple (1982) as cited in Woods et al. (2000), refers to as intensification. These increased responsibilities led to teachers being held more accountable due to society becoming more audit driven. As a result, teachers are required to perform “more ‘social work’ responsibilities, multiple innovations and increased amounts of administrative work” (Hargreaves, 1994, p.36, as cited in Easthope & Easthope, 2000, p. 53). These additional duties and responsibilities require teachers to act under a licensed autonomy where they are obligated to make choices on a day to day basis (Seddon, 1997, p.236, as cited in Easthope & Easthope, 2000, p.53).
In my role as a professional teacher it is essential that I conduct myself in an ethical manner and consider the rights of my students when interacting with them and making decisions on their behalf. Similarly, I should conduct myself in the same ethical manner when interacting with parents and caregivers, professional peers and community members (Groundwater-Smith, Ewing & Le Cornu, 2011). Guidelines such as the Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct and Australian Professional Standards for Teachers have been established to assist in decision making and allow teachers continually question their actions in order to ensure they adhere to these codes (Groundwater-Smith et al., 2011).