Huit observations courantes
Punctuated by the reactions of female teachers enrolled in a pedagogical training process, this article presents some reflections and references based on the typical observations made by teachers who find themselves doubting or struggling to maintain their passion for teaching. The author discusses the question of students’ social characteristics, in particular their so-called lack of commitment toward their studies, their perception of learning, learning strategies and study methods, metacognition as a passport to autonomy and efficiency, the importance of the teacher/student pedagogical relationship, the contribution of contextualized complex tasks for facilitating transfer, the resistance to change from teachers themselves and, finally, their role and the role of the educational mission. This pedagogical overview ends with a recall of humanistic educational ideals that are inherent to the teaching vocation—ideals which are often beset by pitfalls, doubts, frustrations and prejudices.
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