What does it take for a teacher to be "mündig"? Strategic use of ethically informed power of definition

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With insight into how bullying and exclusion processes play out in schools, it becomes visible how the culture in school classes is neither power- nor value-free, but that negotiations are constantly taking place. For example, negotiations and power struggles about norms and positions in the social hierarchy. Almost as visible, it seems decisive whether and how adults navigate within the ongoing discursive practices and negotiations of norms – or how they use (or do not use) their position of power and authoritative voice. Based on bullying research and using Positioning Theory as a theoretical prism, I will argue for what I call "strategic use of ethically informed power of definition" as a proposal for a way that can strengthen the teacher's position and actions as a moral actor in a school class.
Translated title of the contributionHvordan kan lærerens position som myndig styrkes?: Strategisk brug af etisk informeret definitionsmagt
Original languageEnglish
Publication date29 Sept 2023
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2023
EventPermanently normative: German-Scandinavian Cooperation Project on the Implicit Transmission of Values in School and Pastoral Care - Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: 28 Sept 202330 Sept 2023


ConferencePermanently normative
LocationHeidelberg University


  • learning, educational science and teaching
  • children and youth
  • upbringing
  • community
  • teacher education

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