A1 Journal article (refereed)
From the shade into the sun : exploring pride and shame in students with special needs in Finnish VET (2022)

Ryökkynen, S., Maunu, A., Pirttimaa, R., & Kontu, E. (2022). From the shade into the sun : exploring pride and shame in students with special needs in Finnish VET. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 37(4), 648-662. https://doi.org/10.1080/08856257.2021.1940006

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Ryökkynen, Sanna; Maunu, Antti; Pirttimaa, Raija; Kontu, Elina

Journal or series: European Journal of Special Needs Education

ISSN: 0885-6257

eISSN: 1469-591X

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 08/08/2021

Volume: 37

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 648-662

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08856257.2021.1940006

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77303


This paper reports on a study of the dynamics of social emotions and social bonds between students and class teachers by analysing the narratives of students receiving intensive special support in the Finnish vocational education and training (VET) system. Pride refers to a strong and safe involvement in interaction, and shame implies intimidated social bonds. The analysis is based on abductive content analysis for which Greimas’ actant model worked as an analysis tool. We found some students showing high respect to their teachers who acted as senders setting the objects for students’ studying. Pride is based on the students’ experiences in achieving the objects, thereby pleasing their teachers and secondly on their ability to see positive development in their social belonging. The students who experienced feelings of shame did not perceive themselves as being subjects of positive development, but their special needs overshadowed their social relationships. They found it difficult to see approving and benevolent senders and receivers which could be interpreted as an explicit source of shame. The results concern not only individual teachers’ pedagogical practices and ways of interaction, but also the whole VET system which addresses competence and effective individual study paths rather than social belonging and communality.

Keywords: students; teachers; social interaction; social relations; social skills; emotions; pride; shame; vocational education and training; vocational special education; vocational teachers; teacher-pupil relationship

Free keywords: vocational education and training; VET; special educational needs; social emotions; social belonging; student voices

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

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