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ERIC Number: EJ868263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
Close to the Heart: Teacher Authority in a Classroom Community
VanderStaay, Steven L.; Faxon, Beverly A.; Meischen, Jack E.; Kolesnikov, Karlene T.; Ruppel, Andrew D.
College Composition and Communication, v61 n2 pW262-W282 Dec 2009
In this article we provide a "portrait" of an exemplary writing teacher and the social construction of authority he established with students in two courses. The portrait demonstrates that teacher authority is most essentially a form of professional authority granted by students who affirm the teacher's expertise, self-confidence, and belief in the importance of his or her work. We find that professional authority is neither oppressive nor incompatible with de-centered methods, effective instruction, or the kind of assertive teacher authority required to effectively lead a class. In this way, effective instruction and teacher authority become mutually reinforcing reciprocal processes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington