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German school-to-work transition programmes Disturbing work for educators

ByBEATRIX NIEMEYER

This chapter examines disturbances in the work of educational professionals in the field of school-to-work transition in Germany. While the perspective is on the pedagogical workers, it transcends the world of school, teaching and learning. Not only teachers but also vocational trainers, social or youth workers and other educational professionals are actively engaged in this part of the educational system, which has been in a constant process of reconfiguration during the past 30 years. The institutional and pedagogical reforms in this sector mirror the disturbing effects of changing educational demands that result from a changing labour market, and social and technical developments that have been labelled as ‘flexible capitalism’ by Sennett (1998).