Reflections on the meaning of social relations between teachers and students

Year: 2007

Author: Alerby, Eva, Hertting, Krister

Type of paper: Refereed paper

What happens when the student knows more about the subject than the teacher? Following discussion occurred at a secondary college during a computer lesson.

- Can’t we make our own sounds that we can also use in the games? Making your own sounds is super cool!
- We know this already!
- Can’t we do something else?
- No, today we are going to finish the tasks. Get on with it, answers the teacher.
- Michael, stop doing what you doing and start working with your tasks, or else you’ll have to leave!

In the paper this situation in the classroom will serve as a point of departure for the discussion. The aim of the paper is to illuminate, enable understanding and discuss the meaning of social relations in the learning process. We limit the discussion to present some ideas of how the students’ inherent strength can affect the learning situation, which in turn can have impact on the psychosocial well-being among the students and the teachers. This will be viewed taking Alfred Schutz’s notions as a theoretical starting point, and Schutz’s theoretical perspective will be discussed in relation to the student’s and the teacher’s view.