Freedom and Control, Discussion 4
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), 19- 22.
Discussion Leader: Ashley Fernandez
Time Keeper/ Summarizer: Katie Stetler
Twitter Monitor: Sean Hagen
Note Taker: Elyse Trefts
Devil’s Advocate Twitter: Jessika Reil
Discussion Starter/ Warm Up:
How would you summarize this article/ What are the main points of the reading?
1) Looking at Metz’s research of an English teacher and Social Studies teacher; one used politeness, human and grade inflation to generate an appearance of cooperation among her students, instead of issuing direct commands or imposing punitive sanctions. What kinds of problems would this cause within the teacher-student relationship? Would you use this in your future classroom?
2) Do you believe that “The teachers followed rather than controlled the students’ initiations in book discussions and other classroom activities” (p. 20) can be an effective way to teach? Would this be something that you brought into your classroom?
3) Do you believe that one of the classroom authority approaches from pages 20 and 21 is better than the others? If so why? If not why not?
“The problems that plague public educations will never be resolved until theorists, ideologues, and researchers acknowledge the fact that a good education simply is not possible without classroom authority relations that promote learning” (22).