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ERIC Number: EJ1020980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Recognition and Distance in Therapeutic Education: A Swedish Case Study on Ethical Qualities within Life Competence Education
Irisdotter Aldenmyr, Sara
Ethics and Education, v8 n2 p140-152 2013
Lately, in educational research and debate, there have been discussions on a trend sometimes named as a "therapeutic turn" in education. Mindfulness-oriented activities represent one therapeutic approach in education, aiming for virtues such as patience and trust. A large part of the critical viewpoints on therapeutic education among young students seem to concern problems of integrity, privacy and the autonomy of the student. It is therefore, I suggest, fair to say that meetings between teachers and students are of special concern within the realm of therapeutic education. The aim of this study is to shed light upon two teachers' reflections upon their own work and their students' within a mindfulness-oriented approach in a Swedish secondary school. I turn to Iris Marion Young, a theorist who has dealt with questions of communicative ethics and respectful meetings, for guidance. I find Young's concepts of "recognition" and "distance" through the act of greetings interesting and possibly fruitful for discussing qualities in teacher-student relations in therapeutic education from a professional ethical point of view. The analysis shows that Life Competence Education has the potential to be an arena within youth education where traditional roles, hierarchies and relations within education may be challenged. Likewise, because of this potential, it may also function as an arena where traditional structures and hierarchies of education are reaffirmed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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