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ERIC Number: EJ976529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
Towards a Broader Understanding of Authority in Student-Teacher Relationships
Macleod, Gale; MacAllister, James; Pirrie, Anne
Oxford Review of Education, v38 n4 p493-508 2012
In this paper we problematise the notion of authority as it appears in discourse relating to school discipline. The account of authority that dominates is narrow and restricted, and the term is sometimes used as a synonym for control. This prohibits full consideration of the range of relationships in which authority manifests itself. We draw on sociological and philosophical literature, and argue that a multi-dimensional concept of authority may offer a more nuanced framework for theorising student-teacher relationships in schools. We consider how each of the forms of authority outlined by Wrong (2002)--coercive, legitimate, competent, personal and authority by inducement--may have some application to the classroom setting. In particular we explore the concept of "personal authority" and its potential to enhance understanding of the contested and under-theorised concept of authority. We begin by exploring ways in which the current policy context presents challenges to particular forms of authority.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States