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ERIC Number: EJ799210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
Who Watches over a Teacher? On Knowing and Honoring a Teacher and Her Third Listener
Bryzzheva, Lyudmila
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v43 n3 p175-187 May 2008
This article introduces a teacher as a being of relations--both internal and external--by exploring the nature of a figure of the internal plane that accompanies a teacher in her pedagogical adventure. This figure is a superaddressee, a third listener, who, as the author argues, should be expected to enter a classroom together with a teacher. A superaddressee plays at least two roles. First, it serves as a shortcut to a meaningful relationship and, in this role, takes care of a teacher's need to be known, as well as helps further dialogic relationships. Second, it offers a loophole from imperfect understanding and, in this role, addresses a teacher's need for noncoincidence and protection, as well as protects a pedagogical relationship from a proverbial dead end. It is argued that one of the ways for students to honor their teacher as a being of relations is to know and honor his or her superaddressee(s). In turn, a teacher is responsible for honoring her own superaddressees. In the end, both a teacher and students benefit from an enhanced relationship. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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