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Les formateurs en travail social : une professionnalisation impossible

Abstract : In considering the situation of social work trainers, this thesis studies the process by which a group that has not managed to adapt to changes in its environment has become professionalized. On the basis of a wide-ranging national survey using quantitative and qualitative approaches and involving examination of archive material, we have identified the movements to which these professionals have been subjected. Born during the 1920s, at the time when social work was in its infancy, trainers whose experience was acquired in the field became key figures in training colleges. The speed and scale of the social sector's expansion caused an influx of people with professional qualifications or university degrees. These newcomers began to question the competence of those professionals whose claim to legitimacy was founded in their experience and who refused to go through official qualification channels to obtain trainer status. The trainers suffered the full force of the priority accorded to managerial and budgetary rationalization and its consequences: evolution of professional practice, deregulation of their practice framework, disrepute brought to their professional identity. The absence of any substantial representative body capable of defending its members' interests has reinforced individual strategies and identities defined by the place of work.The study of this professional group and the process of deprofessionalization it is undergoing is relevant to a wider movement affecting trainers in relational professions in general. The theoretical and disciplinary framework of this thesis is principally that of the sociology of professional groups, but reference is also made to the sociology of identity as well as to education and training sciences.
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Christophe Verron. Les formateurs en travail social : une professionnalisation impossible. Sociologie. Université de Bretagne occidentale - Brest, 2013. Français. ⟨NNT : 2013BRES0024⟩. ⟨tel-01249530⟩

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