SOCB54H3 Lecture 11: Lecture 11

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Lecture 11
The semi-professions
Have achieved some characteristics of a profession but not all of them
Teachers, librarians, social workers, pharmacists, nurses
o tend to be female dominated
o Because women seem to be subordinate to men in many workforce environments
Barriers to full professional status
Knowledge/skills: how unique are they? The case of elementary school teachers
o Most of the credentials of elementary school teacchers are at the same level as most
o I.E most adults can do basic math, read & do grammar
(Remember: established professions have monopoly control over a distinctive body of
the specialised knowledge of semi-professionals( for example, nurses, pharmacists)
overlaps with that of more established professions (Doctors)
the semi-professions or lack autonomythey often work in large bureaucracies:
o School boards decide curriculum, not teachers
o Social workers have to follow social service regulations regarding clients, the writing
and filing reports
o Nurses have to follow doctor’s orders and hospital policies
Have similar problems
o Ex: paramedics, paralegals
they are clients of the major professions
their work duties are determined and delegated by doctors and lawyers
major differences between semi-professionals and paraprofessionals?
o Semi-professions: have their own specialised knowledge, but have no monopoly
control over it
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