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The Social and Emotional Aspects of Teaching and other Matters
The social and emotional aspects of teaching and other matters

It has long been recognised that most human activity, including both teaching and learning is not simply a cognitive process but is influenced by other factors, notably the way that individuals feel about themselves. This in turn is strongly influenced by the social environment in which the activity takes places. Andy Hargreaves (2001), for example, argues that emotion and cognition, feeling and thinking, combine together in all social practices in complex ways. In particular, during the past two decades, these aspects of teaching have been driven by the development of research into the concept of emotional intelligence (Day 1998; Goleman 1998). As Hargreaves points out, however, ...

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