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.
Virkkunen, J., Newnham, D. S., Nleya, P., & Engestroöm, R. (2012). Breaking the vicious circle of categorizing students in school. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 1(3-4), 183-192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2012.08.003