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Minna Uitto, Sonja Lutovac, Katri Jokikokko, Raimo Kaasila, Recalling life-changing teachers: Positive memories of teacher-student relationships and the emotions involved, International Journal of Educational Research, Volume 87, 2018, Pages 47-56, ISSN 0883-0355,

Recalling life-changing teachers : positive memories of teacher-student relationships and the emotions involved

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Author: Uitto, Minna1; Lutovac, Sonja1; Jokikokko, Katri1;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 2000, FI-90014, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-12-01


Little empirical research has been done about teacher–student relationships and the emotions involved from the students’ perspective. Our research employs narrative approach and addresses such memories of teachers that former students described as having very positive, even life-changing significance for them. We ask what do positive memories of teachers tell us about teacher–student relationships and the emotions involved. The findings illustrate how teachers establish emotional bonds with their students as well as their sensitivity towards the students’ life-circumstances and emotions. In addition, teachers’ socio-emotional involvement in students’ lives is reflected in students’ emotions. For teacher education, we argue the need to implement the understanding of the meaning of emotions in teacher–student relationships.

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Series: International journal of educational research
ISSN: 0883-0355
ISSN-E: 1873-538X
ISSN-L: 0883-0355
Volume: 87
Pages: 47 - 56
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2017.11.004
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This article is a part of the project titled “Disentangling the emotional dimension in beginning teachers’ work (EMOT)” funded by the Academy of Finland [grant no. 265974].
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 265974
Detailed Information: 265974 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license