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Differentiation competence in teaching, illustrated by an episode from a fictional film: on regulating closeness and distance in the teacher–student relationship
Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön Forskning Relationell Pedagogik (FoRP). Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Pedagogik.
2015 (English)In: Education Sciences and Psychology, ISSN 1512-1801, E-ISSN 1512-1801, Vol. 37, no 15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Relational competence has proven to be an important component in teacher professionalism. The overall purpose of this article is to adopt a social psychological perspective and discuss aspects of teachers’ relational competence. More specifically, the article aims to construct a theoretical concept for understanding the aspects of relational competence that concern regulating closeness and distance in the teacher-student relationship. In the concluding section, the result is presented in terms of “differentiation competence”. This concept labels a communication pattern characterized by fine-tuned regulation of closeness and distance in the teacher–student relationship and by ongoing coordination of verbal and nonverbal behavior. The emerging concept is illustrated by verbal and nonverbal communication in a classroom setting as portrayed in an episode from a fictional film, including detailed transcription, and interpretation.

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2015. Vol. 37, no 15
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Relational competence, nonverbal communication, teacher-student relationship, differentiation competence, teacher professionalism
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-15796OAI: diva2:955697
Available from: 2016-08-26 Created: 2016-08-26 Last updated: 2016-11-25Bibliographically approved

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