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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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MORAES, Rosângela Dutra de. Pleasure and suffering at work: a study about elementary school teachers participant in a university level educational program. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2005, vol.5, n.1, pp.159-183. ISSN 1984-6657.

Teacher's work demands the establishment of an emotional/alfectionate link, especially for those who work in elementary and middle school. Being this link one of the conditions for the effectiveness of teacher's work, it also represents a potentlal source of sulfering because of its incomplete nature in face of the work relational structure. Dejours studies about work psychological suffering points the building of collective strategies to deal with this process. The objective of this research was to identify and analyze the mains sources of pleasure and psychological suffering in teacher's work in elementary and middle school, participant in the Special Teacher Education Program of the Public System (PEFD), problematizing the requirement of professional training in the university level as well as the multlple demands to the "teacher student". In a qualitative approach, the research involved thirty-two individuals. It showed, as a result, that the mam source of pleasure in the work field relates to the task of educating and to the emotional exchange with the students. The principal sources of psychological suffering are: student's parent's absence and violence associated with precarious social conditions; and disadvantage professional salaries. The desire of studying in the School of Education seemed to facilitate the adjustment to the student's tasks. The professional self-valorizations were the collective strategy identified to reduce the sulfering originated form the depreciation of the teacher's profession

Keywords : pleasure and suffering at work; leacher's work; subjectiveness and work.

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