Considering socio-cultural influences, this essay focuses on the historical development of education in Taiwan as it relates to the professional status of primary teachers. The historical movement of Taiwanese education shows that unlike western societies, the influence of Confucianism in Taiwanese education has ensured that teachers are seen as a key element in protecting social morality and social solidarity. This has influenced their rewards in Taiwanese society, resulting in them being viewed as professionals and given high levels of social status, prestige and salary. The interplay of these factors has led to the construction of a very protected context for teachers, and deeply formed their professional ideology.
Keywords: professional status, Taiwan, primary school teachers, Chinese culture.
Ph.D. Tien-Hui Chiang