I think the University of Regina teaching program best resembles the “Learned Practitioner” image:
- We specialize in subjects (although it is impossible to know everything).
- We focus on learning theory.
- I am an Educational Psychology minor, which relates to this image.
- We focus on PDP’s, lesson plans, classroom management, teaching strategies, etc. through trial and error.
- We are made to be part of the system.
At the same time, many of my classes produce the teacher “as researcher” image through self-reflections, social media connections and research papers. Furthermore, there is a large emphasis on lifelong learning (although many teachers do not do anymore formal education and often educational resources/journals are not available at schools). We are told what not to do and sometimes are shown how not to do these things, for instance, how not to be exclusive.
Of course, our education touches on the “professional” image through certification, following the code of ethics/STF, talking about professionalism and mandating required courses. I would say that our university education focuses the least on this area but we are warned to act appropriately etc. This area can be very restrictive and also society does not always see us as the professionals our program tries to make us become.
All three of these images that Kumashiro describes are part of our education and teaching journey. They have negative aspects but they help create well-rounded educators.