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ERIC Number: EJ926417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Pastoral Techniques in the Modern Danish Educational System
Nielsen, Klaus; Dalgaard, Susanne; Madsen, Sarah
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v24 n4 p435-450 2011
In recent years, therapeutic techniques have played an increasingly significant role in Danish educational thinking. One way in which this therapeutic thinking discloses itself is in the ever-growing use of educational-therapeutic games as part of the educational practice. Inspired by Foucault, we argue that educational-therapeutic games can be understood as a kind of confessional practice that introduces a pastoral power relationship between pupils and teachers. This paper offers an empirically based analysis of one of the frequently used therapeutic-educational games in Denmark, called "The Good Chair". In general, the technique of "The Good Chair" establishes a type of interaction that is characterized by a sense of togetherness, intimacy, and an instrumentality-problem orientation. The structure and regulation of the game cast the child as a psychological being by uncovering the child's true inner nature. (Contains 1 note and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark