Teaches a semi-profession and why

The profession of teacher

Aspects, tasks and burdens

Housework, 2007

22 pages, grade: 1.0

Reading sample

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Aspect of professionalism and professionalism
2.1 Definition: profession
2.1.1 Characteristics of a full profession
2.1.2 Characteristics of a semi-profession
2.2 Definition: professionalization
2.3 Relevance of professionalization
2.4 Level of professionalism in the teaching profession
2.4.1 Professional and Client
2.4.2 Professional and "Society"

3 Prejudices and tasks of the teaching profession
3.1 Teaching as a part-time job?
3.2 Tasks and problems of teaching work

4 The teaching profession: from idealism to excessive demands?

5 conclusion


1 Introduction

Just as the Latin phrase “Non scholae, sed vitae discimus” directs the focus on learning in school as a fundamental basis for the further life of each individual, it also implies the importance of someone who communicates the knowledge to the students. This person is the teacher and counts with his work to raise the students to be independent adults and to help them to solve their problems, to the most important people who shape and guide students in their experiences, inside and outside of school, from the beginning . Whenever “the teacher” or “the student” is mentioned frequently in my homework, then of course “the teacher” or “the student” is also meant. Therefore, in order to clarify the importance of the teaching profession, I would like to briefly look at the historical outline of the profession in Germany. It is a fact that teaching is one of the most important professions in a society where formal qualifications are an essential prerequisite for professional economic success. School had already become the most important institution for the reproduction of the norms and values ​​that support society with the compulsory education that was in force in Prussia from 1794 (general land law) and was introduced in other German states in the course of the 19th century.[1] Since no one can escape the influence of the school, the teaching profession, more than any other academic professions, determines the fate of every person. This does not apply to the medical profession with the same exclusivity, much less to the professions of lawyer or tax advisor. In contrast, every member of society is exposed to the influence of teachers for the duration of compulsory schooling. In a socio-historical comparison, the teaching profession has seen a significant rise due to the enforcement of compulsory teaching and later compulsory schooling. From the beginnings of the teaching profession, which was exercised by educated slaves in ancient Rome, to the unemployed craftsmen who worked as teachers, the teaching profession has, after Schwänke, become a respected and lucrative career.[2] Since the beginning of the 20th century, the teachers at elementary schools have also been trained accordingly, so that from then on not only the teachers at higher schools could practice their profession as a main occupation. If the teaching profession can be exercised as a main profession and thus as a life profession, as Schwänke explains, the teaching profession includes the aspect of professionalization, with regard to university education and a client-related professional practice, which I will go into in my housework. Furthermore, after a short definition, I will also relate the aspect of the profession to the teaching profession and after I have differentiated between full and semi-profession, I will, after your brief definition of the term professionalization, focus on the relevance of this deal with the teaching profession and the level of professionalism of the teaching profession. In addition, differentiate between the two central dimensions a) professional client and b) professional “society” with regard to the level of professionalization. Since teacher work and teacher training have become a topic that has been discussed with great interest in public in recent years, I would like to refute the prejudices regarding the teaching profession as a part-time job as well as point out the tasks of teaching work, which result from the acquisition of a differentiated pedagogical repertoire be realized on the part of the teachers. Finally, I will show, especially under the aspect of psychological stress, that the teaching profession is an idealistic, but still strenuous profession, in which the social-communicative, emotional and motivational requirements prove to be difficult to meet and stressful. In the course of my homework, I will make it clear that the teaching profession does not correspond to the common cliché of a comfortable half-day job with a good salary and long holidays, but rather a work performance characterized by attentiveness that should not be underestimated, with a constant high degree of focused and distributed attention is required.[3]


[1] Schwänke, Ulf: The job of the teacher. Juventa. Weinheim 1988. p. 11

[2] ibid. p. 11

[3] Schaarschmidt, Uwe (Ed.): Half-day jobber? Beltz. Weinheim 2005. p. 15

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The profession of teacher
Aspects, tasks and burdens
university Duisburg-Essen
The profession of teacher
Hildegard Schnell (Author)
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Hildegard Schnell (author), 2007, The Profession of Teacher, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/84677