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Oppilaiden näkemyksiä luonnontieteiden opettajan auktoriteetistä (2019)
Students' views about science teacher's authority

Ojala, S., Välisaari, J., & Lundell, J. (2019). Oppilaiden näkemyksiä luonnontieteiden opettajan auktoriteetistä. LUMAT-B, 4(1), 1-18. https://journals.helsinki.fi/lumatb/article/view/1131

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All authors or editors: Ojala, Saija; Välisaari, Jouni; Lundell, Jan

Journal or series: LUMAT-B

eISSN: 2489-2572

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 4

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 1-18

Publisher: Valtakunnallinen LUMA-keskus

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Persistent website address: https://journals.helsinki.fi/lumatb/article/view/1131

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65288


This research focuses on students’ (N=25) views about science teacher authority, how it forms and how it can be developed. This research is based on hermeneutic phenomenological approach. A research questionnaire was employed to collect the data including both closed and open questions. The analysis of the collected data employed both statistical as well grounded theory approaches. Based on the research data acquired, the students’ view that teacher’s authority is formed in a collaborative relationship, where the character of the teacher, content knowledge, mastering of group dynamics and status of the teacher are important. Also, in order to develop authority in the classroom, development of context-based skills and teacher personality are favoured. Students appreciate a teacher as an authority when the teacher shows skills in the topic taught, is one who keeps order in the class and still appears nice towards the students.

Keywords: authority; teachers; teacherhood; natural sciences; teacher-pupil relationship; grounded theory

Free keywords: authority; teachership; science teacher; hermeneutic phenomenological research; grounded theory

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Reporting Year: 2019

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