Rules in everyday life: Teacher strategies undermine rule participation
2009 (English)In: The International Journal of Children's Rights, ISSN 0927-5568, Vol. 17, no 3, 393-413 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Th e aim of this study is to examine the strategies which teachers use in their everyday interactions with pupils to work with and uphold school and classroom rules and to what extent their rule-work strategies give pupils opportunities to have a say and participate in rule-making. The study is based on fi eldwork in two Swedish primary schools. According to the findings, the teachers use four main rule-work strategies: (a) assertion, (b) explanation, (c) negotiation, and (d) preparation. The findings show that it is usually the adults in school who make decisions about school rules and that pupils are seldom given any opportunities to create, modify or abolish formal rules through open negotiations. Furthermore, when school democracy meetings take place, they tend to be illusory, reducing negotiation to a matter of figuring out the “right” answer and confirming to proposals from authorities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 17, no 3, 393-413 p.
school rules, teacher strategies, pupil participation, decision-making, school democracy, negotiation, participation rights, rule-work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-51660DOI: 10.1163/157181808X395590OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-51660DiVA: diva2:276816
Robert Thornberg, Rules in everyday life: Teacher strategies undermine rule participation, 2009, The International Journal of Children's Rights, (17), 3, 393-413.
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