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

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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 counterstorying
one observation of resistance involving children and teachers in India. Offering parallel interpretations of this experience, we unpack how resistance as ‘dignity work’ requires us to listen and respectfully reengage 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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages39
JournalEquity and Excellence in Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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