Seen and Not Heard: Students' uses and experiences of silence in school relationships at a secondary school

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Abstract

Silence is traditionally understood as a power deficit, yet it creates spaces in which power works unobtrusively. In this article, I report the findings of a qualitative study examining silence in school relationships. Based on nine conceptual discussions, and 33 interviews with teachers and students in a secondary school in the UK, I assert that uses of silence in relationships between students and teachers revolve around two conceptions of power: a stronghold of respect and a refuge for dignity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChildhood
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Publication statusPublished - 05 Dec 2021

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