The Teacher as Container of Anxiety: Psychoanalysis and the Role of Teacher

Journal Article or Monograph

Title: The Teacher as Container of Anxiety: Psychoanalysis and the Role of Teacher
Year: 1997
Authors: Dr Robert French

This article focuses on anxiety in teaching and learning. It argues that in essence the teacher's role is to contain anxiety for the sake of learning. The teacher's skill in setting up and maintaining a 'containing space' is the keystone upon which the various aspects of the art of good teaching rest. Within this space, learning can be experienced as the expansion of potential, not merely the mastery of content and pre-defined competencies. Despite the differences in aims, a strong 'family resemblance' exists between teaching and psychoanalysis in terms of setting, role, transference and underlying notions of human development.

Keywords: teacher, student, learning, role, anxiety, psychoanalysis, Bion
Language: English

Journal: Journal of Management Education
Volume: 21
Issue: 4
Start page: 483
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Dr Robert French
Corresponding author: Dr Robert French

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