Facing the Other in the Classroom

By Serpil S. Sonmez.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper addresses to the ethical issues related to classroom teaching. Drawing from the philosophies of Levinas, Bakhtin, Dewey, and Freire, it aims to point out the possibilities for dialogue and intersubjectivities in classroom settings. Such a relationship emphasizes the reciprocal alterities of the student and the teacher. Consequently, the reciprocal alterities of the teacher and students provides possibilities for teachers and students to reach intersubjectivity. This understanding challenges the modernist views of teaching because it emphasizes the importance of dialogue and reciprocal alterities of
the selves rather than emphasizing “sameness” of the individuals. Therefore, the ethical relationship clears the boundaries of being a teacher and a student while creating possibilities for teachers and students to be both learners and teachers.

Keywords: Levinas, Bakhtin, Ethical Teaching

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 10, pp.149-152. Article: Electronic (PDF File; 476.415KB). Article: Print (Spiral Bound).

Serpil S. Sonmez

Doctoral Student, Multilingual/cultural Education,, College of Education, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

Serpil Sonmez holds a Msc. Ed. degree in TESOL from University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from Ankara University, Turkey. She has presented at numerous international and national conferences. Her research interests include social theories of learning, postmodernist philosophies of education, socio-cultural teaching and learning approaches, and instructional technologies.


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