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  1. 1. 90 RESEARCH ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION International Indexed & Refereed Research Journal, ISSN 0975-3486, (Print), E- ISSN -2320-5482, Aug- Oct, 2013 (Combind) VOL –V * ISSUE- 47-49 Research Paper— Education Aug- Oct ,2013 Professional Ethics and Commitment towards Teaching Profession: Need of the Hour * Dr. Urmila Goel ** Ms. Shruti Goel *Assot.Prof., Hindu College ofEducation , Sonepat **Assit. Prof., Hindu Girls College , Sonepat A B S T R A C T In the recent times, teaching profession has been degenerating over a period of time from its high ideals and ethical values to the level of merely any other service oriented vocation as that of a mechanic,; a trader etc.. From the Gurukul system to the present Mc Caulay system of education, however, the discernment of the society on teachers seem did not change. Teaching is now a profession rather than a passion and thus there is a paradigm shift in the perception of teachers. Introduction: The quality of a nation depends upon the quality of its citizens. The quality of the citizens rests upon the quality of their education. The qualityof their education depends upon the competence, dedication and quality of the teacher. It is the teacher who renders the service to the individuals to enable him to grow to hisfulleststatureathisoptimumspeedinalltheaspects of his personality to be his best self. Educational orga- nizations such as schools, colleges and universities require individuals who are committed to their profes- sion and are well being of students. Such committed individuals,teachersarethenationbuildersand educa- tional institutions are the functional heads of all that goes to make the foundations of a nation strong . Rapid development of knowledge demands creation of qualitative teacher who in turn will help to strengthen a knowledge society to meet the challenges of globalization and mould the societykeeping in view the values and traditions .In order to meet the demands of the present society, he has to play different roles competently. Globalization revolution in information and communication technology explosion in general forabetter qualityoflifehavelead to searchforquality teacher education programme which can infuse in fu- ture teachers a set of desired competencies, values, a sense of commitment and willingness to perform. TeachingAsAProfession Webster'sNewWorldDictionaryoftheAmeri- can language says Aprofession is a vocation or occu- pationrequiringadvancedtraininginsomeliberalartor scienceandusuallyinvolvingmentalratherthanmanual work as teaching, engineering etc. Professions like medicine,engineering,lawetc.arelimitedtheirservice to particular side of human life. But the highest good consistsinallarounddevelopmentofindividual'sphysi- cal, social, intellectual, moral, spiritual and aesthetic aspects. It is the teaching profession which helps an individual for his growth fully, in his body, mind and spirit. Teaching profession is a body of erudite knowl- edge, a set ofattitudes and a technique which is applied to the service of mankind through an educated group. ProfessionalEthics Professional ethics is set of rules and regula- tionsrelatedtothecodeofconductandethicalbehavior of profession. It signifies the do's and don'ts of a pro- fessionandpositionofanindividualinthemoralmatrix of social behavior. Acode of ethics of a profession not onlyprotectsitsmembersfromunfairtreatmentfromthe public but also discipline its members. Professional ethics of teachers refer to the principles, guidelines or norms of morality, which a teacher has to follow in teaching profession while dealing with stu- dents, parents, community and higher authorities. Ac- cording to the International commission on the Devel- opmentofEducation(UNESCO,1972):"Theteacher's duty is less and less to inculcate knowledge and more and more to encourage thinking, his formal functions apart,hewillhavetobecomemoreandmoreanadvisor, a partner to talk to ; someone who helps seek out con- flicting arguments rather than handling out readymade truths. He will have to devote more time and energy to productive and creative activities; interaction, discus- sion,stimulation,understandings,encouragement."The moral foundations of teaching are expressed in four dimensionsofprofessionalism-community,knowledge, accountability, and ideals. ProfessionalCommitment Professionalisminanysectorisaconsequence of the extent of commitment on the part of individuals constituting the same. Teaching, being profession, assumes that every teacher needs to stand committed to it - According to the report of the Task Force on UniversityandCollegeTeachers,followingarethepro- fessionalcommitmentstobemadeonthepartofteacher: CommitmentToTheTeachingProfession: • Keepingabreast ofthe developmentsin theteaching profession. • Ensure that professional knowledge is
  2. 2. 91RESEARCH ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION International Indexed & Refereed Research Journal, ISSN 0975-3486, (Print), E- ISSN -2320-5482, Aug- Oct, 2013 (Combind) VOL –V * ISSUE- 47-49 regularly updatedandimproved.•Attendconferences, workshops,seminarsandmeetings,takefieldtrips,which tend to broaden knowledge. •Utilize audio-visual aids like OHP, LCD,T.V. radio, computer etc. as a means of keeping abreast ofnewand advanced knowledge in his field. • Keeping in view the new concepts like group dynamics,individualizedinstructions,cooperativelearn ingetc.•Keepabreastofthedevelopmentsintheteach- ing profession. CommitmentToStudents: • Maintain professional relations with students. • Share responsibilities with students. •Provide them- selvesassuccessfulfacilitatorsoflearning.•Safeguard and promote the interests and well being of the stu- dents.•Givestudentsafeelingofbeingpartofcommu- nity. • Have faith in students. • Playthe role of a friend, philosopher and guide to the students. • Acknowledge the specific needs of each students and provide guid- ance and encouragement to each student to realize his or her full abilities. CommitmentToColleagues: • Have mutual respect for his colleagues. •Safeguard and promote the interests and well being ofcolleagues. • Establish good human relations with colleagues. • Keep away from forming clique and groups. •Never criticize any colleague before the students, parents or someone else.•Have the feeling of cooperation and unity among the colleagues. CommitmentToParents: • Participate in parent- teacher meeting and similar activities. • Make himself available to parents at scheduled time to discuss the welfare and progress of their children.• Give advise to the parents from a professional point of view that is in the best interest of the child.• Make every effort to encourage parents to be actively in- volved in the education of their child and to actively support the learning process. •Guide and motivate the parents coming from weaker sections of the society to give higher education to their children. CommitmentToCommunity: • Participate in community affairs. •Assure through personal behavior in the communitythat the school staff image is favorable. •Attitude in the community should be of enthusiasm and optimism. •Show due courtesy to the members of the community especially when they visit the school. OtherCommitments: • Possess knowledge about the state education code. • Have knowledge of rules regarding recognition of school.•Haveknowledgeofrulesregardingadmission procedures. •Have knowledge of service conditions.• Haveknowledgeofrulesregardingschoolinspection.• Have knowledge of the rules of examination and so on. Among all the above commitments, the most im- portant commitment of the teachers is towards his/her students, which play eminent role in the teaching pro- fession.As the teachers are responsible for shaping the futureofthepresentgenerationsthereisneedofhaving sound teacher- student relationship which can be de- velop only through the committed teachers, because onlyacommittedteacherwillmakeeffortstomakelearn- ingeffective;innovativeandmotivatestudentstowards teaching learning process. For this teachers need to follow some ethical and moral consideration which is necessary for having a good teacher student relation- ship. Conclusion: No other occupation can be rated as high as the teaching profession because of its contribution to the betterment of society and to serve mankind. The responsibilities of teaching extend beyond children's academicdevelopment.Moraldevelopmentofstudents is one of the important aims of education which has implications for teacher education also. The growing complexities and erosions of essential values in the society have resulted to the need of having value edu- cation but also including professional ethics in teacher education.So,commitmentisveryessentialinanypro- fession as to become that profession a success. 1. Begum Mastiary(2006) 'Teacher - A role model and motivator, Edutrack 2. Chadda,D.K. (1992). Dimensions of Teacher Education Anmol Publications, New Delhi. 3. Das, B.N.(1993), Principle of Education in the emerging Indian Society, Delhi: Ajanta Prakashan. 4. Koli, K.(2005). Assessment of professional commitment of teacher educators, Edutracks,5,1,23-27 5. Ramachandran,P. & Ramkumar,V(2005). Education In India.New Delhi: National Book Trust. 6. Usha, P. & Sasikumar, P. (2007). Teacher 'Commitment and Teacher' self concept as predictors of job satisfaction. Edutracks 6,1, 26-29. R E F E R E N C E