Students' disempowerment as a result of teacher domination

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Abstract

This research paper presents part of a qualitative case study that aims to explore teacher-student power relations in the dynamic process of teaching and learning in classrooms. Based on 16 classes of grades four and five students from four Hong Kong primary schools, this study investigates how teachers and students experienced and exercised power in classrooms and why the classrooms contained varied combinations of power relation patterns. Drawing upon observations, individual interviews, and document analysis, the study found three teacher-student power relation patterns in the observed classrooms, including teacher domination, equal opportunity for power sharing, and student self-empowerment. Among the three patterns, teacher domination was the most common. The environment involved a classroom setting in which the teacher exercised authority over the management of students’ classroom behaviour and learning, whereas students obeyed the teacher’s orders and instructions. This paper discusses the basic features, teacher and student roles, and power strategies used in relation to teacher domination. It argues that teacher domination results in students’ disempowerment. Copyright © 2010 Office of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch studies in education
EditorsRicci FONG, Aditi JHAVERI, Susanna YEUNG
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherOffice of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
Pages208-224
Volume8
ISBN (Print)9789881982018
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Citation

Wong, M.-Y. (2010). Students' disempowerment as a result of teacher domination. In R. Fong, A. Jhaveri, & S. Yeung (Eds.), Research studies in education (Vol. 8, pp. 208-224). Hong Kong: Office of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.

Keywords

  • Teacher-student power relations
  • Primary school classrooms
  • Students’ disempowerment
  • Hong Kong

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