Confessional strategies in educational practice

In this paper it is argued that in recent years, therapeutic techniques have played an increasingly significant role in Danish educational thinking. One way in which this therapeutic thinking discloses itself is in the ever-growing use of educational-therapeutic games as part of the educational practice. Theoretically, this paper is inspired by Foucault and we argue that educational-therapeutic games can be understood as a kind of confessional practice that introduces a pastoral power relationship between pupils and teachers. We present a small empirically based analysis of one of the frequently used therapeutic-educational games in Denmark, called «The Good Chair».

Keywords: Therapy and education, Foucault, pastoral power, postmodernism