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Being safe from what and safe for whom?: A critical discussion of the conceptual metaphor of ‘safe space’
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5192-6327
University of Bergen, Department of Archeology, History, Culture Studies and Religion, Norway.
2019 (English)In: Intercultural Education, ISSN 1467-5986, E-ISSN 1469-8439, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Safe space, used in educational settings as a metaphor,stresses the importance of the classroom being a learningenvironment characterised by respect and safety. Based onexamples from Swedish and Norwegian classroom research,this article problematises and discusses the complexity inthe discourse on safe space by asking the critical questions:Being safe from what? – and safe for whom? Related to theconcept of safe space are questions about what possibly canmake the classroom an unsafe place. In addition to varioustypes of intimidation, harassment and attacks, discussionsabout certain issues and topics can, for various reasons, beperceived as threatening. The school is part of society, andin an increasingly polarised climate, controversial issues incontemporary society will often be perceived as controversial in classroom practice. In this sense, instead of givingstudents false promises of being safe in the ReligiousEducation (RE) classroom, the concept 'classroom of disagreement' may be a useful metaphor, since it makes itexplicitly clear that disagreements exist and are part of life

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Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge , 2019. p. 1-14
Keywords [en]
Word, safe space, religious education, classroom of disagreement
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Pedagogy
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Pedagogics; Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13486DOI: 10.1080/14675986.2019.1540102OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13486DiVA, id: diva2:1286541
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-03605Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-02-14Bibliographically approved

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