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Handford, E. (1991). Sauer, G. (Berlin). ‘Lehrer traumen von Schule und Schulem (Teachers' dreams about school and pupils)’. Beiträge, Pädagogischer Arbeit, 33. 1990.. J. Anal. Psychol., 36(3):399-400.

(1991). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 36(3):399-400

Sauer, G. (Berlin). Lehrer traumen von Schule und Schulem (Teachers' dreams about school and pupils). Beiträge, Pädagogischer Arbeit, 33. 1990.

Review by:
Elke Handford

In a passionate plea to his Association of Protestant Teachers audience Sauer challenges educationists to let go of the illusion that the education of the human race can be pursued through conscious attitudes alone. A revised model of the reality of teaching will have to include the unconscious, the emotional, and the irrational elements. Through dream-material collected over thirteen years he demonstrates how unconscious contents limit, disturb, and enrich teachers' learning and teaching processes. He invites his listeners to let the shadow in: to acknowledge hatred as the counterpart of a teacher's love for his pupils, to note how the presumed free spirit is chained to guidelines and directives, how indefatigability masks exhaustion, and ‘childishness’ shines through maturity.

In five groups of dreams Sauer highlights two kinds of unconscious ‘schooling’- processes running alongside conscious pedagogical work:

1)   The personality of the teacher is deeply affected by the conscious and unconscious material of his/her pupils. In their dreams teachers became pupils, pupils became teachers.

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