Differentiation competence in teaching, illustrated by an episode from a fictional film: on regulating closeness and distance in the teacher–student relationship

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEducation Sciences and Psychology
Volume37
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Educational Sciences (503)

Keywords

  • Relational competence
  • differentiation competence
  • nonverbal communication
  • teacher professionalism
  • teacher-student relationship

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Differentiation competence in teaching, illustrated by an episode from a fictional film: on regulating closeness and distance in the teacher–student relationship'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this