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The nature of teacher authority and teacher expertise

Elliott, J.G.



The so-called 'soft skills' utilised by teachers – including relationship building, awareness of the pupil's context and background and the demonstration of authority – to develop an appropriate learning culture in their classrooms have long been recognised as being a major contribution to effective promotion of positive behaviour. This article considers some of the dimensions of these, focusing on how these help in contributing towards 'teacher authority'. The article draws on the parallel experiences of teachers and researchers in England, Russia and the United States to illustrate some of the international dimensions of this theme.


Elliott, J. (2009). The nature of teacher authority and teacher expertise. Support for Learning, 24(4), 197-203.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2009
Deposit Date Jan 6, 2010
Journal Support for Learning
Print ISSN 0268-2141
Electronic ISSN 1467-9604
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Pages 197-203
Keywords Behaviour management, Teacher expertise and authority, Tacit knowledge, International perspectives.