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"You are confusing!": Tensions between Teacher's and Students' Discourses in the Classroom

Hyu-Yong Park
The Journal of Classroom Interaction
Vol. 43, No. 1 (2008), pp. 4-13
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23869527
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Abstract

This article concludes that a pedagogic discourse is legitimized in school practices when power in society is actualized and exercised through the use of language as symbolic power. Under these circumstances, the classroom becomes an arena where teachers' discourse as the regulator collides with students' discourse as the regulated. Reflecting on the context, this article investigates a classroom where pedagogic discourse prevails and highlights that teacher's identities and students' identities are met and negotiated by each other through alignments and conflicts. The significance of these tensions of discourses between teachers and students is discussed.

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