Professional ethics in teaching: The training and development challenge
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2009 Conference, August 2009, Ghana. The meaning of ‘profession’ can be traced to those in religion. Ukpo (2005) noted that to Priest, Pastors, Reverend Brothers and Sisters, it means the act of professing and a declaration of loyalty. The Oxford English Dictionary (1998) defines profession as: “a paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification” (p.1480). To Encyclopaedia of Education (1971), a profession in the generic sense is described as a field of economic activity requiring academic preparation above the high school level while Halmos (1971) opines that, from ideological sense, the term profession is used as a bargaining position in an occupation’s efforts to improve its status, rewards, and conditions. According to Halliday (1999), attempts have been made to solve the problem of definition using different approaches such as functionalist approach, interractionist approach, Foucauldian approach and division of labour approach.