Vulnerability in Teaching: The Moral and Political Roots of a Structural Condition

  • Geert Kelchtermans
Part of the Professional Learning and Development in Schools and Higher Education book series (PROD, volume 100)


There is more to teaching than thorough subject knowledge and technical teaching skills. When teachers are asked about what they find motivating or satisfying in their jobs, they often spontaneously refer to feelings of joy, fascination, pride, wonder and enthusiasm, resulting from the fact that they work with “human material”, as they often call it. Teachers’ talk about their work immediately reveals that emotions are at the heart of teaching.


Critical Incident School Board Task Perception Social Recognition Moral Orientation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Catholic University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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