What is it about?

This paper considers how teachers and students can be friends. I explore the risks involved with such friendships, as well as the possibilities for enacting more humane interactions in schools.

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Why is it important?

Findings show that friendship offers a promising model for rethinking how teachers and students relate, responding to calls for more humanizing interactions in classrooms today. At the same time, the paper examines the risks involved when teachers and students become friends, considering why and how friendship might be an undesirable way for teachers and students to relate.


I hope this article helps teachers and students to think in more complicated ways about the ways they interact and talk to each other.

Scott Jarvie

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This page is a summary of: “O my friends, there is no friend”: Friendship & risking relational (im)possibilities in the classroom, The Review of Education Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, March 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/10714413.2019.1654349.
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