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Social representations of the deputy head’s work at full-time schools

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Author(s): Simone Weinhardt Withers | Romilda Teodora Ens

Journal: Práxis Educativa
ISSN 1809-4031

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 223;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Social representations | Deputy head’s work | Full-time school

ABSTRACT
This paper tries to understand tensions and challenges of the deputy head’s work in full-time city schools. Based on the Social Representation Theory as well as on studies on pedagogue education in Brazil and educational policies, we analysed the corpus of 21 semi-structured interviews made with pedagogues of full-time city schools in Curitiba, Paraná. The studies showed that the social representations of the deputy heads on their work as coordinators of the pedagogical work in those schools move among their anguish, frustrations, aspirations, limitations, necessities and challenges toward their daily work in the full-time school, related to their education, work conditions and necessities of their work within the school environment. The representations reveal that their professional education and development process is marked by expectations and limitations, without an indication of the transformations that provoke changes in the social role attributed to the deputy heads.
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