Emotional Geographies of Teacher-parent Relations: A Case Study in Taiwan
Centre for Teacher Education National Chung Cheng University Chia-Yi, TAIWAN
Institution of Education National Chung Cheng University Chia-Yi, TAIWAN
This article seeks to explore how five dimensions of emotional geographies, based on Andy Hargreaves´ theoretical framework, are used to analyze three primary teachers´ perceptions of their interactions with parents in a Taiwanese primary school . Research findings illustrated that teacher-parent relations are investigated as emotional geographies, inescapable from teachers´ judgment related to parents´ sociocultural status, from teachers´ moral purposes, from their notions of professionalism, form their hierarchically political distance from parents, and from the frequency to contact parents. Thus, Hargreaves´ framework of emotional geographies is a useful lens to explore teacher-parent interactions. The paper closes with suggestions for policy considerations.