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Understanding Ethics of Care.

Chapter in book
Authors Liisa Uusimäki
Susanne Garvis
Published in In G. Barton & S. Garvis. Compassion and Empathy in Educational settings.
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Department of Education and Special Education
Language en
Subject categories International education


This chapter explores compassion and ethics of care in teaching among Swedish teachers. The main challenges Swedish teachers’ today experience at all levels of schooling involve managing exceptionally high level of stress especially when supporting a growing number of students’ with mental health challenges. Approximately 10% of Swedish children under 18 suffer from some form of mental health disorder (Socialstyrelsen, 2016). Many classroom teachers’ in Sweden have not the necessary skills to care for students with mental health disorders and is one reason why many teachers experience stress and are leaving the profession. The realities of stress and high burnout rates among classroom teachers caused by continuous governmental reforms, lack of school leadership together with a lack of student health and welfare support staff in Sweden is indicative of a school system under stress. Professional learning courses with a focus on compassion and ethics of care can be a way to alleviate and support self-care among teachers during times of stress.

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