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Relational Pedagogy
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of School Development and Leadership (SOL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8148-9172
2023 (English)In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education / [ed] George Noblit, Oxford University Press, 2023Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Contemporary relational theorists offer an alternative vision of pedagogy in a concerning era of teacher accountability. Internationally, teachers experience challenging educational environments that reflect troubled social histories across differences of socioeconomic class, race and ethnicity, gender, and ability status. Climate change, civil and economic instability, and war add global pressures that bring immigrant and refugee students into classrooms around the world. In the United States, histories of slavery, genocide, and indigenous removal continue to resound through all levels of education. Putting the teacher-student relationship at the heart of education offers a way to serve all students, allowing them to flourish in spite of the many challenges we face in the 21st century.

Relational pedagogy is inspired by a range of philosophical writings: this article focuses on theorists whose work is informed by the concept of caring, as developed by Nel Noddings, with the critical perspective of Paulo Freire, or the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas. Although these approaches to ethical educational relations do not necessarily mesh together easily, the tensions among them can bear fruit that informs our pedagogy. After outlining the theoretical contours of relational pedagogy, we will turn to more recent empirical work in the field. New studies help us understand how to turn theory into classroom practices that will benefit all students.

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Oxford University Press, 2023.
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relational pedagogy, teacher-student relationship, ethics, caring, responsiveness, Levinas
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63230DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.28ISBN: 9780190264093 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-63230DiVA, id: diva2:1807260
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Available from: 2023-10-25 Created: 2023-10-25 Last updated: 2023-10-25Bibliographically approved

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