Freedom and Control, Discussion 3

Freedom and Control, Discussion 3

Team 1: San Francisco Giants


Pace, J.L., & Hemmings, A. (2007). Understanding Authority in Classrooms: A Review of Theory, Ideology, and Research. Review of Educational Research, 77(1), 13-19.


Discussion Leader: Sean Hagen

Time Keeper/ Summarizer: Elyse Trefts

Twitter Monitor: Jessika Reil

Note Taker: Ashley Fernandez

Devil’s Advocate Twitter: Katie Stetler

Discussion Starter/ warm up:

How would you summarize this article/ What are the main points of the reading?

Discussion Questions:

1) According to Swidler, teachers who give up more formal terms of authority for a democratic classroom “puts a tremendous premium on a teacher’s ability to make himself charming, interesting, or glamorous enough so that intimacy would be an enticing reward.” (p.15) What does this new style of teaching mean for new teachers?

2) “Good grades are often exchanged for cooperative behavior, and cooperation is also gained by treating students as equals or friends or striking bargains whereby teachers receive less grief if they ease their demands…”(15). Do you agree that we should treat the students as equals and be less demanding as teachers?

3) This question looks at the cultural paradox of egalitarianism. (definition: believing that all people are equal), “the common good, in which students are to be treated the same, and on the other hand, individualism, in which students are to be treated differently according to their different needs” (15). Do you believe that one should be used more in the classroom than the other? How would you use these in your future classroom?

Discussion Ender:

How can we apply what we learned from this article on authority in the classroom to our own future classrooms?


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