"Who am I supposed to let down?" The caring work and emotional labor of vocational teachers working with potential drop-out students

Lena Lippke

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Resumé

Because of high drop-out rates among the students entering vocational education in Denmark retention of students has become pivotal to the Danish educational policy. Thus vocational educational training colleges have been asked to work on implementing different kinds of retention initiatives and amongst others most colleges have established extended basic courses aimed at students with personal, social and/or academic difficulties. A lot of those students are young people, whom, due to their experiences in primary and secondary school, see themselves and are seen by others as being demotivated and having failed at learning. This paper derives from a field study based upon participating observations at a vocational educational training college offering extended basic courses and interviews with teachers teaching at those courses. The teachers argue for the importance of being good at “seeing” and sensing their students. In the interviews the teachers often use the word “care” and describe emotional dilemmas as an everyday experience working with the students. However the emotional aspect of vocational educational teachers´ work is largely under examined. Inspired by the emotional turn within social sciences I will present a preliminary analysis of the notion of care as socially situated within the vocational educational system. As a part of the analysis I will conceptualize how teachers try to manage both their own emotions and the emotional well-being of the students. Based upon the work of Hochschild (1983, 2003) I will show how emotional labor is a central component of vocational educational teachers´ work and discuss the implications of an institutionalization and professionalization of human care.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2011
StatusUdgivet - 2011
Begivenhed7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning - Shanghai, Kina
Varighed: 4 dec. 20117 dec. 2011
Konferencens nummer: 7th

Konference

Konference7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning
Nummer7th
LandKina
ByShanghai
Periode04/12/201107/12/2011

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Lippke, L. (2011). "Who am I supposed to let down?" The caring work and emotional labor of vocational teachers working with potential drop-out students. Afhandling præsenteret på 7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, Shanghai, Kina.
Lippke, Lena. / "Who am I supposed to let down?" The caring work and emotional labor of vocational teachers working with potential drop-out students. Afhandling præsenteret på 7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, Shanghai, Kina.
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Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaper uden forlag/tidsskriftForskningpeer review

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Lippke L. "Who am I supposed to let down?" The caring work and emotional labor of vocational teachers working with potential drop-out students. 2011. Afhandling præsenteret på 7th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, Shanghai, Kina.