Educational Dilemmas uses cultural psychology to explore the challenges, contradictions and tensions that occur during the process of education, with consideration of the effect these have at both the individual and the collective level. It argues that the focus on issues in learning overlooks a fundamental characteristic of education: that the process of educating is simultaneously both constructive and disruptive.
Drawing on research from Europe, America and Asia, chapters in this volume present and analyse different experiences of the tension between disruption and construction in the process of education. Situating educational discontent within the wider context, the book demonstrates how this issue can be exacerbated by the tension between the commodification and democratisation of educational systems. This book demonstrates that these issues permeate all levels of education and, as a result, emphasises how vital it is that educational discontent is considered from a new perspective.
Educational Dilemmas is essential reading for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of psychology and education. It should also be of great interest to school psychologists, teachers and therapists.
Introduction - The inherent ambivalence of educational trajectories and the zone of proximal development with reduced potential
Chapter 1 – Intrinsic education and its discontents
Eugene Matusov and Ana Marjanovic-Shane
Chapter 2 - Stress – between welfare and competition
Thomas Szulevicz, Lærke Kromann Kure and Lillith Olsen Løkken
Chapter 3 - Problems from discontinuity of children’s environment and development in Japan
Yoriko Okamoto Omi
Chapter 4 - Mental health 101: interpreting emotional distress for Canadian postsecondary students
Karen H. Ross
Chapter 5 - Counseling for university students
Giulia Savarese, Oreste Fasano, Nadia Pecoraro, Monica Mollo, Luna Carpinelli and Pierpaolo Cavallo
Chapter 6 - The discomfort of writing in academia
Noomi Matthiesen and Charlotte Wegener
Chapter 7 - In deep water: university students’ challenges in the processes of self-formation, survival or flight
Chapter 8 - Corporal punishment in extracurricular sports activities (bukatsu) represents an aspect of Japanese culture
Chapter 9 - "I see stress in many places around me, but as such, I'm over it": understanding psycho-cultural dimensions of university students’ experiences
Pernille Hammer, Thomas Madsen and Luca Tateo
Chapter 10 - Internship as liminal zone in education
Enrica Mele and Giuseppina Marsico
Afterword on educational dilemmas
The series Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation is dedicated to bringing the scholarly reader new ways of representing human lives in the contemporary social sciences. It is a part of a new direction – cultural psychology – that has emerged at the intersection of developmental, dynamic and social psychologies, anthropology, education, and sociology. It aims to provide cutting-edge examinations of global social processes, which for every country are becoming increasingly multi-cultural. Therefore, social sciences need new ways of considering how to study human lives in their globalizing contexts. The focus of this series is the social representation of people, communities, and – last but not least – the social sciences themselves.