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I’d rather be hit with a stick…Grades are sacred’: Students’ Perceptions of Discipline and Authority in a Public High School in Peru

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Publication year:

2011

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English

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pdf (541.3 KiB)

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Publisher:

ODID, Oxford Department of International Development,Young Lives

This working paper discusses views and experiences of discipline and punishment in everyday schooling among a group of boys and girls aged between 14 and 16 years old attending a public high school in an urban Andean city in Peru. It draws on data collected using a range of a qualitative methods, including in-depth interviews with students, their parents, teachers and headteacher; group discussions with students; and class-, school- and home-based observations. The paper highlights how the use of physical violence seems to be justifiable for children and for teachers, as a natural resource to deal with any situation of conflict.

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