Conceptualizing teacher immediacy through the ‘companion’ metaphor

@article{Sibii2010ConceptualizingTI,
  title={Conceptualizing teacher immediacy through the ‘companion’ metaphor},
  author={Razvan Sibii},
  journal={Teaching in Higher Education},
  year={2010},
  volume={15},
  pages={531 - 542}
}
  • R. Sibii
  • Published 9 September 2010
  • Psychology
  • Teaching in Higher Education
Situated within the critical pedagogic scholarship that deals with the issue of ‘teacher immediacy’, this study proposes an understanding of the practice of pedagogy through the metaphor of ‘companionship’. A friendly individual but not a friend, the instructor is seen here as someone who can connect to college-age students without any visible effort and someone who makes explicit use of the power dynamics in a classroom to foster academic excellence. The companion model is first compared to… 
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The weaknesses and gaps in prior research are highlighted, the importance of addressing the multi-dimensional and context-bound nature of teacher–student relationships is proposed and a possible agenda for future research is outlined.
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