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License Renewal System for Elementary and Secondary School Teachers: Contents, Resistance, and Supporting Measures
Author: Ching-Shan Wu (Institute of Educational Administration and Evaluation, University of Taipei), Ling-Yi Wang (Research Center for Education Systems and Policy, National Academy for Educational Research), Yung-Chih Lin (Center for Teacher Education and Career Development, University of Taipei)

Vol.&No.:Vol. 66, No. 3
Date:September 2021
Pages:161-190
DOI:https://doi.org/10.6209/JORIES.202109_66(3).0005

Abstract:
    Enhancing teachers’ professional abilities is closely related to ensuring high education quality and has become a key educational issue globally. Teacher license renewal (TLR) systems not only benefit teachers’ professional learning but enable them to gain social trust. This study explored the contents of and resistance to implementing TLR; the study also evaluated the system for supporting TLR for elementary and secondary school teachers in Taiwan. This study was conducted using questionnaires administered to scholars, educational administrators, and school educators. Nine conclusions were drawn: (1) TLR can effectively function to enhance the professional knowledge, maintain the professional standards, and ensure the quality of teachers. (2) The TLR cycle period should be 10 years. (3) Training hours are the main consideration of TLR. (4) Most participants agreed that the Nationwide Special Excellent Teacher Awards should be accepted as an exemption to license renewal. (5) TLR should be postponable for childbirth, childcare, or paternity. (6) The Ministry of Education should be the license-issuing authority. (7) The TLR training hours should mainly include those at local government training institutes. (8) The main difficulty of promoting TLR is the lack of a legal basis. Finally, (9) the main measure proposed for supporting TLR is to amend the “Teacher Law” to obtain the legal basis. A discussion of the implications these concrete suggestions for promoting TLR is presented.

Keywords:teacher’s license, teacher license renewal (TLR), teacher professional development

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APA FormatWu, C.-S., Wang, L.-Y., & Lin, Y.-C. (2021). License renewal system for elementary and secondary school teachers: Contents, resistance, and supporting measures. Journal of Research in Education Sciences, 66(3), 161-190. https://doi.org/10.6209/JORIES.202109_66(3).0005