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Breaking the vicious circle of categorizing students in school


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Virkkunen, J., Newnham, D. S., Nleya, P. and Engestroöm, R., 2012. Breaking the vicious circle of categorizing students in school. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 1 (3-4), pp. 183-192.

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Abstract

Teachers categorizing of students profoundly affects the educational process and can subvert open teacher-student communication and create a vicious circle of student's lack of support and academic failure. In this article we use data from a Change Laboratory intervention in a senior secondary school in order to study the possibilities of changing the way teachers construct students as objects of their work and overcoming this vicious circle. We analyze categorization as a form of thinking based on empirical generalization and conceptualize its opposite as a dialectical process of constructing individual students' specific potentials and learning problems as the object of teachers' work. For this the teachers' need new kinds of tools that mediate the teacher-student interaction in a way that supports teachers' and students' mutual learning and support. Previous studies have shown a number of steps that are necessary for such a remediation of the teacher-student interaction to take place. In this study, we test and elaborate these observations.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsVirkkunen, J., Newnham, D. S., Nleya, P. and Engestroöm, R.
DOI10.1016/j.lcsi.2012.08.003
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Education
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code32777

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