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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 3. How to Connect Pedagogical Love with Pedagogical Authority? (Kaarina Määttä / Satu Uusiautti)


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Kaarina Määttä & Satu Uusiautti

Chapter 3 How to Connect Pedagogical Love with Pedagogical Authority?

Abstract: This chapter discusses the strong connection between pedagogical love and authority and the learning atmosphere. A four-dimensional model is created, illustrating the complexity of teachers’ work and the learning atmosphere in the light of pedagogical love and authority.


The time spent at school is never forgotten, and afterwards, people tend to remember the best and the most experiential teaching situations, exceptional circumstances, and personal or peculiar teachers. Unpleasant memories, such as public humiliation in front of other people, ridicule, and fear, leave lifelong negative impressions about teachers (Johnson, 1994; Lahelma, 2002; Walls, Sperling, & Weber, 2001). Alternately, encouraging feedback given by a teacher can even be a significant turning point for the rest of a student’s life. Good teachers are aware of the importance of students’ emotional health to their academic success (Huebner, Gilman, Reschly, & Hall, 2009). In his research on Finnish school memories, Uusikylä (2006, pp. 74–75) describes an unforgettable comment from one teacher: “Do not give up. I believe in you”.

Teachers’ acts are affected by their education, personalities, careers, and professional development. They are also influenced by their conceptions of learning and human beings. According to Hatt (2005), the original meaning of pedagogy is grounded in the relational and intentional responsibility of an adult to a child. The vulnerability of the child calls for...

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