Behaviour as communication : counter-stories of resistance and dignity work

Mevawalla, Zinnia and Cologon, Kathy and Hayden, Jacqueline and Hadley, Fay (2021) Behaviour as communication : counter-stories of resistance and dignity work. Equity and Excellence in Education. ISSN 1066-5684 (In Press)

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    Abstract

    The words "behaviour" and "resistance" often conjure up fear-invoking images that prevent us from reflecting on what it is that we, as educators, understand behaviour to mean. In this paper, we use resistance theory to rethink behaviour as communication by counter-storying one observation of resistance involving a child and teachers in India. Offering parallel interpretations of this experience, we unpack how resistance as 'dignity work' requires us to listen and respectfully re-engage with children and ourselves. We conclude by exploring pedagogical possibilities and the need for preserving our dignity and shared humanity when reflecting on (our own and children's) behaviours.

    ORCID iDs

    Mevawalla, Zinnia ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9590-1949, Cologon, Kathy, Hayden, Jacqueline and Hadley, Fay;