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Teacher–Pupil Interaction Freedom and Constraint

Meenakshi Thapan

in Life at School

Second edition

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780195679649
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081837 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679649.003.0008
Teacher–Pupil Interaction Freedom and Constraint

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The interaction between teachers and pupils has a definable form, and some of its constituent relations stay relatively stable over time. Thus, it is possible to predict certain modes of behaviour among teachers and pupils in particular contexts. What makes the Rishi Valley School different from other public schools is its special character which is attributed to the fact that the school is located in a particular institutional and ideological setting. The principal formal settings for teacher-pupil interaction are the classroom and other similar locations such as the staffroom and the auditorium. Informal settings include the house, the dining hall, and the outdoor. The use of different strategies, particularly those of negotiation and fraternization, increases the flexibility of teacher-pupil interaction. This chapter explores teacher-pupil interaction in Rishi Valley, focusing on two classroom studies as well as culture lessons and discussion meetings.

Keywords: Rishi Valley School; Rishi Valley teachers; Rishi Valley pupils; teacher-pupil interaction; public schools; Rishi Valley classroom; negotiation; fraternization; culture lessons; discussion meetings

Chapter.  19445 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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