Breaking the vicious circle of categorizing students in school

Jaakko Virkkunen, Denise Shelley Newnham, Paul Nleya, Ritva Engestroöm

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-192
JournalLearning, Culture and Social Interaction
Volume1
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Breaking the vicious circle of categorizing students in school. / Virkkunen, Jaakko; Newnham, Denise Shelley; Nleya, Paul; Engestroöm, Ritva.

In: Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, Vol. 1, No. 3-4, 09.2012, p. 183-192.

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Virkkunen, Jaakko ; Newnham, Denise Shelley ; Nleya, Paul ; Engestroöm, Ritva. / Breaking the vicious circle of categorizing students in school. In: Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. 2012 ; Vol. 1, No. 3-4. pp. 183-192.
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