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The inward turn in therapeutic education: an individual enterprise promoted in the name of the common good
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work. (Pedagogiskt ledarskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3160-7561
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work. Stockholms universitet, Högskolan i Skövde. (forskargruppen SO-didaktik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1776-478X
2016 (English)In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104, Vol. 24, no 3, 387-400 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, focus rests on the relatively new international phenomenon of therapeutic education. Taking in the fact that this phenomenon is part of the schools’ assigned task to see to the formation of young people, the aim of the paper is twofold: to highlight what rationales that emerge in the formation of young people’s emotions in school, and to discuss these rationales in terms of vital principles of public education for the common good in society. The results are based on an empirical case study of ten Swedish teachers involved in the so-called Life Competence Education, which serves as a contextualisation of this phenomenon. Two rationales of this formation stand out as key; the seriousness of the inward turn of the individual, and the crucial step of sharing one’s innermost. Although these rationales involve collective notions of the students’ emotional well-being, they are quite firmly anchored, we argue, in the single individuals’ well-being.

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2016. Vol. 24, no 3, 387-400 p.
Keyword [en]
therapeutic education, teachers, emotional formation, private public, inward turn, common good
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Pedagogical Work
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Education and Learning
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-23037DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2016.1194312OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-23037DiVA: diva2:963063
Available from: 2016-09-07 Created: 2016-09-07 Last updated: 2016-09-08Bibliographically approved

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