Vol 8 No 16 (2018): Varieties of Professionalism in a Globalising World: New Theoretical Perspectives and Analytical Approaches
Monographic Section

Italian Teachers: A Profession in Transition?

Micol Bronzini
Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Marche Polytechnic University
Elena Spina
Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Marche Polytechnic University
Published March 12, 2019
Keywords
  • teachers’ professionalism,
  • post-modern professionalism,
  • organising professionalism
How to Cite
Bronzini, M., & Spina, E. (2019). Italian Teachers: A Profession in Transition?. Cambio. Rivista Sulle Trasformazioni Sociali, 8(16), 83-98. https://doi.org/10.13128/cambio-23255

Abstract

The teaching profession, like many others, is involved in a deep process of change. The sources of pressure are manifold: top-down, as a consequence of neo-liberalist policies and of the implementation of the logic of New Public Management and, later, of New Public Governance; bottom-up, as a result of the socio-demographic and cultural changes affecting the relationship with end-users. All of these elements are challenging teachers’ professionalism. The article questions whether teaching in Italy is currently a profession in transition and, if so, which new features are emerging. To do so, we present a locally-based case study that draws on both Hargreaves’s and Noordegraaf’s theoretical frameworks.

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