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ERIC Number: EJ996263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1812-9129
An American Professor's Perspective on the Dialectics of Teaching Interpersonal Communication in the Swedish Classroom
Natalle, Elizabeth J.
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v24 n2 p168-179 2012
This case study of an American professor's teaching experience in Sweden analyzes classroom communication using relational dialectics theory and cultural values theory. Tensions of hierarchy vs. equality and autonomy vs. connection were described through classroom processes such as greeting practices, dress, grading, attendance, gendered language use, and participation. Three Swedish values served as partial explanation for the communication processes described in this essay: "folkhemmet" (i.e., "the good home"), "lagom" (i.e., "moderation"), and "ensamhet" (i.e., "solitude"). Results of this interpretive research suggest that professors preparing for teaching abroad would benefit from the use of relational theories, cultural values, and metaphors to assist in competent professional interaction and successful learning outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden