The Five Forms of Instructor Power (2021-09-07)
By Gayla Parks, CMA (AAMA)
Power, to some degree, is a feeling that comes as a basic human need. Power is exhibited in any classroom in many ways. If the student’s need for power is not met, they will employ it in one form or another. As an instructor, we too have a basic need for power and are less inclined to react if we are not experiencing that feeling of control over our destiny.
We are in a management role of the class and require power in another form — the power to influence student behavior. Having teacher power
gives us the right to ask others, the students, to do something. As instructors, we need to ask the students to do many things during the course we are teaching. These requests come from some basis of power and aid in the achievement of the efficacy of student success. What follows are five basic forms of teacher power that are exerted in the classroom:
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