The Omnipresence of Power

Author/s Stephen Brookfield
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/2
Language English Pages 9 P. 5-13 File size 67 KB
DOI 10.3280/ERP2012-002001
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This article explores the presence of power in efforts to teach reflectively. I critique the notion of power as flowing overwhelmingly in one direction, from teacher to taught. Power is argued to be inherently uncontrollable and to manifest itself in multiple and unpredictable ways. I argue that power dynamics are omnipresent in educational, organizational and social movement settings, and that skillful reflective practitioners therefore need to be aware of its workings. I explore one specific practice - the circle - and provide examples of three techniques that represent a critically reflective application of that practice and that address power dynamics head on.

Stephen Brookfield, The Omnipresence of Power in "EDUCATIONAL REFLECTIVE PRACTICES" 2/2012, pp 5-13, DOI: 10.3280/ERP2012-002001