Traditions in Transition. Reflections on Teacher Authority in Late Modernity
2012 (English)In: KAPET Karlstads Pedagogiska Tidskrift, ISSN 1653-4743, Vol. 8, no 1, 91-99 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
In the last decade of educational policy reform,Sweden has taken firm steps towards strengthening teacher’s authority – forinstance by implementing new tools for maintaining school discipline, and byinitiating a whole new system of teacher certification. But what kind ofauthority are we thus strengthening? Sociologist Max Weber showed us thatauthority has many facets, and that it is a concept always in need of furtherdifferentiation. Making the issue even more complex, modern sociologists likeZygmunt Bauman and Manuel Castells tell us that the very foundations ofauthority are trembling in the tremors of postmodern thought and technology.The purpose of this article is to make use of sociologists like Weber, Baumanand Castells in order to shed light on Sweden’s recent attempts atstrengthening teacher authority. As a result, the article finds that thepolicies in question rely heavily on formal/legal authority, arguing for thefuture need to address other facets as well, if the demands of late modernsociety are to be met.
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Karstad: Karlstads Universitet , 2012. Vol. 8, no 1, 91-99 p.
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