Ethical Learning through Meetings with Others

By Ulrika Bergmark.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Different kinds of meetings are natural for every student and teacher in schools around the world. This study deals with matters of ethics as a relation, meetings with Others, narratives, reflection and learning experiences. In a secondary school in northern Sweden eight students and one teacher worked within a course where different guests were invited into the classroom - a homosexual, a refugee and a disabled person. The aim of this article is to elucidate, enable understanding for and discuss students’ and a teacher’s learning experiences through their meetings with Others. The empirical data was created through close observation, field notes, reflective journals and e-mail communication. Theoretically the study is based on the philosophies of Emanuel Lévinas and Nel Noddings.

Keywords: Ethics, Learning, Meetings, Narrative, Reflection

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp.105-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 560.854KB).

Ulrika Bergmark

PhD. Student, Department of Education, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

Ulrika Bergmark is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Education, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Her research interest lies within the field of ethical issues in schools. The focus of Bergmark’s research is to explore how teachers and students experience ethical situations in school, and how teachers and students are working together to enhance their learning through an ethical attitude. Through her research she is connected to a school area in Northern Sweden, where work is done to develop ethical pre-schools and schools.


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