This paper discusses quality in professional practice - whether as an engineer, accountant or orthopaedic surgeon - and how it depends on expert knowledge of the field, a deep understanding of underlying principles, accumulated experience in the practice of the profession, a familiarity with recent advances in the professional knowledge base, and mastery of the best available techniques and tools. Teaching qualifies as a profession to the extent that it requires the application of specialised knowledge and skill developed through research and high-level education and training. Quality in teaching practice depends on familiarity with recent advances in the professional knowledge base, and mastery of the best available techniques and tools. The author identifies and discusses a number of categories of professional knowledge that applies to development of the teaching profession.
Masters, Geoff N., "Using Research to Advance Professional Practice" (2003).