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'Safe spaces': reflections on an educational metaphor

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Abstract:

This paper looks at a familiar, though largely undiscussed, figure of educational discourse- 'safe space'. Through an examination of four instances of usage, the paper shows 'safe space' tobe an emerging metaphor for classroom life. The metaphor offers a hopeful response to pervasive concerns about individual isolation in an increasingly stressful and pluralistic world, but it also unintentionally undermines critical thinking.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/002202798183549

Publication date: July 1, 1998

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