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ERIC Number: EJ934187
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
Humiliation, Unfairness and Laughter: Students Recall Power Relations with Teachers
Uitto, Minna
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v19 n2 p273-290 2011
A Finnish magazine published my request that people remember and write about their teachers. Many writers recalled teachers who, for example, had humiliated, favoured or laughed at their students. This article focuses on a study of such negative memories, examining what writers tell about teachers and students in power relationships and how students make sense of their recollections. Students described not only the teachers' more powerful position but also their recollections of teachers exercising that power in various ways. They recalled what happened between those teachers and themselves and how they (the students) experienced the situations, reacted and felt; they also considered the significance of their memories. Besides demonstrating how teacher-student relations can be loving and reciprocal, research is needed on relations that students recall as negative, unfair or hurtful. Students' memories need to be taken into account to help both teachers and researchers understand how negative experiences evolve in teachers' relationships with students, how complex those relations can be, and how teachers' actions can impact both on student learning and on the students' personal development. Such negative memories should also be addressed in teacher education. Both present and future teachers should have opportunities to work with their own memories. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland