Enhancing learning with authoritative actions: Reflective practice of positive power

Wenshin Chen

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Abstract

Drawing from classic power perspective, my reflective practice illuminates how power action, traditionally recognized as negative and detrimental to teaching process and learning outcomes, could be shaped in a positive way to enhance learning. Insights gained from this action research set in a politically charged and culturally homogenous environment provide critical perspective to the research community and challenge traditional practices of teaching and learning. Implications gained call for attention to critical perspective of empirical studies that could provide lessons for educators and researchers to create a more effective teaching and learning environment with authoritative power. An action framework is created in the end to illustrate how the positive authoritative process can be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-107
JournalAction Learning & Action Research Journal
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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