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Being a Teacher: Reading 11. Authority, Responsibility, and Democracy in Creating Climates for Learning

Being a Teacher: Reading 11. Authority, Responsibility, and Democracy in Creating Climates for Learning

Possibly the most significant professional choice that teachers make (consciously or unconsciously) relates to how they see their responsibilities as people in authority. In this note, originally written for a University of the Western Cape study guide, Professor Morrow tries to help teachers understand this authority role. In order to do so, he introduces a number of significant distinctions. Some of the most important of these distinctions are those between power and authority (that is, legitimate, democratic authority); between political authority and educational authority; and between control and discipline.

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