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Classroom Authority: Theory, Research, and Practice


reviewed by Elizabeth Campbell — February 21, 2006

coverTitle: Classroom Authority: Theory, Research, and Practice
Author(s): Judith L. Pace and Annette Hemmings (Eds)
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805851615, Pages: 193, Year: 2006
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How I wish that Judith Pace and Annette Hemmings’ excellently edited book on classroom authority had existed back in 1992 when I, as a novice professor, was assigned to teach a course entitled, “Freedom and Authority” to pre-service teachers. Consistent with the child-centered nature of their teacher education experiences, most of my students struggled to separate the concept of authority from authoritarianism and came to the course predisposed to consider authority as little more than an evil caricature of unreasonable and unrestrained power over vulnerable pupils. Such a misinterpretation of authority is not uncommon and, for the last 30 years or so, has aided in precipitating societal challenges to teacher authority, crises of authority in both an institutional and a professional sense, and undermined what is essentially the moral framework in which teachers and students interact on a daily basis. Classroom Authority: Theory, Research, and Practice corrects prevailing misconceptions of authority... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 21, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12325, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 1:55:05 PM

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  • Elizabeth Campbell
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
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    ElLIZABETH CAMPBELL is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She is also a member of the Centre for Teacher Development there. Her scholarship is in the areas of professional ethics in education and the moral and ethical dimensions of teaching. Her book, The Ethical Teacher, was published in 2003 by the Open University Press (U.K). She is currently engaged in a research project entitled, “The Cultivation of Ethical Knowledge in Teaching,” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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