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ERIC Number: EJ901991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1550-1175
The Ghost in the Schoolroom: A Primer in the Lessons of Shame
Tieman, John Samuel
Schools: Studies in Education, v4 n2 p39-55 Fall 2007
This is a paper by an educator for other educators. This article is informed by psychoanalytic theory, although it is not about psychoanalysis. The hope for this paper is that it will inform teachers about shaming in the context of child and adolescent development--the child's as well as the teacher's own development. Shaming is not a solo. It's a duet. Shaming is done in the context of, in this case, the dyad, the duet, the student and the teacher. This paper will begin with a literature review, which itself is an exploration of the developmental sources of humiliation. Secondly, the author will discuss a few of the predictable results of shaming. Lastly, the author will ask, as Billy Kwan asks when quoting Tolstoy in "The Year of Living Dangerously," "What, then, must we do?" In this last part, the author will suggest reforms in teacher education that may lead to more self-awareness and a healthier environment in the school. (Contains 35 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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