By Xin Liu Gale

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This publication is a cosmopolitan research of the teacher's function and authority in postmodern educational settings. Xin Liu Gale argues that the teacher's authority is inevitable and imperative in powerful educating, and that, moreover, it is important for "symbolic imposition." the writer insists that lecturers and students should still discover how the teacher's authority capabilities within the pedagogic context and the way it could support scholars increase serious literacy. stimulated via the works of Mikhail Bakhtin, Pierre Bourdieu, Jean-Claude Passeron, Paulo Freire, Richard Rorty, and diverse postructuralist theorists, Gale investigates the advanced relationships one of the teacher's and the institution's authority, the teacher's discourse(s) and social and pedagogic roles, and students' discourse(s) and numerous backgrounds. She then proposes a two-level interactional version of educating that's in keeping with a brand new discourse courting characterised through the "edifying" function of the instructor.

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Expressivists over­emphasize students' individual freedom and argue that the teacher should not play any role of a "teacher, critic, assessor, or editor" (Elbow 1987) but that of a kind of private audience in the writing class.  For expressivists, the truth lies in individuals' minds awaiting expression, and "writing is a black box: it is making marks on paper and then waiting to see what happens when other people come along and stare at those marks" (Elbow 1973, 133). , the assumptions that a writing class provides a context for students to form groups and read each other's writing and that a writing class makes it possible for students to get help from "the strong­lensed person"—perhaps including the teacher [Elbow 1973, 134]).

School authority, the institutionalized form of [pedagogic authority],'' the institution, with its institutional legitimacy, "dispenses the agents of the institution from having endlessly to win and confirm" their pedagogic authority (Bourdieu and Passeron 1977, 63; emphasis added).  In the end, the concept that teaching is a process of symbolic violence is obscured by the institution's authority, which "resolves by its very existence the questions raised by its existence" and thus ensures the desired effects of teaching as imposition of an arbitrary symbolic system (Bourdieu and Passeron 1977, 62).

7 All these theoretical and pedagogical difficulties surrounding issues of the traditional teacher's authority indicate that further inquiry into the teacher's role and authority in the changing society is necessary.  Every educational system is a political means of maintaining or modifying the appropriateness of discourses with the knowledge and power they bring with them.  I believe that such a recognition is a prerequisite for articulating an alternative way of teaching writing that will enable the teacher to fulfill his or her dual task in teaching, to conserve and transform the dominant culture.

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