NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ999124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
"The Right Things Are What I Expect Them to Do": Negotiation of Power Relations in an English Classroom
Oral, Yasemin
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v12 n2 p96-115 2013
Theoretically informed by a Foucauldian understanding of power, this article documents how power is exercised and resisted in an English-as-a-foreign-language context. In particular, the article focuses on individual seatwork, during which students were working individually on written exercises, as one of the three basic modes of teaching/learning in the lessons observed. By employing the tools of critical discourse analytical methods within an ethnographic approach, the analysis brings together the teacher's perspectives and classroom power relations to generate insights into the interplay between the microlevel classroom discourse and the macrolevel professional discourses. While the observation data demonstrate how power was negotiated over and through different kinds of classroom behavior, the interview data reveal the relationship between the norms of classroom behavior that the teacher sought to impose and the traditional teacher-centered, and control and authority-based, professional discourses. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey