By Italo Bassotto – AIMC Italia
It’s a general point of view among the researchers in sociological matters, that teaching is no more a job like other work activities, but a “profession” and that the teachers belong to the “reflective practitioner category” of workers. It means that teachers are involved in a particular kind of relationship’s system, whose most important characteristics to be absolutely free (and for this reason, responsible) of their own attitudes in respect of students, parents and society.
Man could argue that responsibility is a characteristic of every job in this time, when the Taylor stand Fordism principles of scientific division of work have been abandoned and the production systems are more and more entrusted to the individual (or of small groups) competence. But the specific characteristic of the teaching work is that consists in establishing and manage human relationships, and particularly thatching of human relations called “take care”, not only in a physical sense (security, health, ), but also spiritually (psychological, moral and social well-being).
This kind of responsibility requires not only a lot of technical skills (in the entire spectrum of the human sciences) that must be constant updated, owing to the steady development of knowledge in this area of science research; but also (and especially, in my opinion) a deep and safe personal and professional identity. In Italy we have a university professor (Elio Damiano) who published in 2008 an in-depth study, using materials of American and English scientist and researchers. He called his book “The ethic teacher”, and identified the main characteristics of the moral heritage of the teachers in: .....
ETICA E VIRTÙ NELLA VITA PERSONALE E PROFESSIONALE