'Am i doing enough to help them?' learners, care work and wellbeing: Further education trainee teachers

James Avis, Carole Wright, Pamela Fisher, Stephen Swindells, Abigail Locke

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This article draws on a small-scale case study of English pre- and in-service Further Education (FE) trainee teachers from a northern university. It explores their understanding of notions of well-being and health. In particular, it examines trainees' orientation to care as well as their constructions of learners. It analyses two contradictory but overlapping discourses, one that constructs learners as in need of care and support whilst the other utilises a 'pathological' model. This is followed by an analysis of the labour process within Further Education and the emotional labour involved in supporting students as well as meeting the range of demands faced by those working in the sector. Whilst the trainees reflect models of the dual and learning professional characteristic of teachers in the sector, marked by an expanded professionalism, they have as yet not developed a fully politicised notion of teaching.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Post-Compulsory Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2011


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