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Authority in the classroom

Posted By: Daniel Lawless on June 16, 2003
Dear David:

Here's something that might help you get a better handle on the whole topic of classroom authority. In Richard Peters' book Authority, Responsibility, and Education, Peters' makes the distinction between a person who is 'in authority' as oposed to a person who is 'an authority'. For the classroom teacher this is an important distinction. While a teacher may be in authority that same teacher may not necessarily be an authority. During my graduate days I explored the idea of teacher authority and how it tied into things like teaching out-of-field and how subject matter knowledge affected classroom discourse between teachers and students (mainly how teachers would field difficult questions about subjects they knew little about).


Daniel Lawless.
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