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Love Around Us

The Role of Love in Education, Parenting, and Romantic Relationships

Edited By Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Love is the most important resource of every human being’s life. The authors examine what kind of roles love might have in different phases of life. They discuss how love makes life more meaningful and enjoyable. However, there are still love-related themes that are not so easy to discuss or accept. This book provides research-based analyses about the different roles of love including forms that have aroused contradictory feelings and prejudices, such as falling in love in the old age and love in people with intellectual disability are discussed. The book serves as a textbook for studies in psychology, education, and other fields in human sciences.

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Chapter 2. Love-based Practices in Education (Satu Uusiautti / Kaarina Määttä / Marju Määttä)


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Satu Uusiautti, Kaarina Määttä, & Marju Määttä

Chapter 2 Love-based Practices in Education

Abstract: Teachers’ authority relies on the mastery of substance but that is not enough if the purpose is to enhance students’ overall growth, self-knowledge and well-being. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce and discuss the fundamental aim of providing activities in education that increase students’ sense of meaning and with experiences of success.


The uncertainty of the future, competitiveness, demands on individual performance levels, efficiency, strains on proficiency and success, internationalism, outsourcing of caring and nurturing and feelings of exclusion, anxiety, and depression, are phenomena that challenge the well-being of the children of today (Seidl & Friend, 2002). Consequently, teachers need a new type of professional skills, the ability to act as future- makers in diverse school contexts that include pupils with various learning abilities and cultural backgrounds. Multi-professional cooperation between home and school has become more and more important (Wayne, 2012).

We argue that new strategies to address the new issues and challenges of the modern school are greatly needed. So far, a great deal of Research has focused on home-school cooperation, for example, in preventing bullying at school (Bowllan, 2011; Limber, 2000). Prevention and fixing of problems is not, however, the only way of responding to the emerging challenges. Indeed, some of the recent studies have also noted that positive support is the most important factor (Pugh...

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