Power, control and authority: issues at the centre of boys' relationships with their teachers

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Keddie, Amanda and Churchill, Rick. 2003. "Power, control and authority: issues at the centre of boys' relationships with their teachers." Queensland Journal of Educational Research. 19 (1), pp. 13-27.
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Power, control and authority: issues at the centre of boys' relationships with their teachers

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AuthorsKeddie, Amanda (Author) and Churchill, Rick (Author)
Journal TitleQueensland Journal of Educational Research
Journal Citation19 (1), pp. 13-27
Number of Pages15
Year2003
PublisherQueensland Institute for Educational Research
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISSN1329-0703
Web Address (URL)http://www.iier.org.au/qjer/qjer19/keddie.html
Abstract

In this paper we present elements of a case study involving a Catholic boys' school in a large rural centre in Queensland, Australia. The study sought to identify philosophies and practices that might be interpreted as either enabling or constraining boys' educational outcomes. Given that positive and generative teacher-student relationships are positioned as central in improving educational outcomes, this paper focuses on relationship issues at the centre of boys' experiences of school. Here we present boys' desire for greater control and autonomy over their everyday school lives and their resentment with being controlled and constrained by their teachers' enactments of authoritative power relations. We look at how particular teacher assumptions might be associated with this resentment and discuss some of the implications of authoritative power relations in constraining boys' educational outcomes. Against this backdrop, and with the purpose of constructing more equitable and generative relations, we support the call for schools to develop professional learning communities so that they can explore how the socio-political dimensions of gender continue to be implicated in shaping and constraining relationships between teachers and students in their particular context

Keywordsbehaviour problems; classroom environment; gender issues; males; masculinity; peer influence; peer relationships; sex differences; teaching process
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
520502. Gender psychology
390406. Gender, sexuality and education
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