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French and Raven's Power Bases: A Focus for Educational Researchers and Practitioners

French and Raven's Power Bases: A Focus for Educational Researchers and Practitioners The paper argues that the effective use of power, a little-investigated concept, is crucial to providing leadership in educational settings. It then presents French and Raven's social bases of power—coercive, reward, legitimate, referent, and expert—and builds a case for power being a focus for both educational researchers and practitioners. The former, researchers, are encouraged to look upon power, its definition, its categories, its enhancement, and its application as untilled soil ripe with opportunities for investigation. The latter, practitioners, are asked to come to grips with the potential and limits of each power base in order more effectively to exercise such power in the classroom. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian Journal of Education SAGE

French and Raven's Power Bases: A Focus for Educational Researchers and Practitioners

Australian Journal of Education , Volume 30 (3): 10 – Nov 1, 1986

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 1986 Australian Council for Educational Research
ISSN
0004-9441
eISSN
2050-5884
DOI
10.1177/000494418603000304
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Abstract

The paper argues that the effective use of power, a little-investigated concept, is crucial to providing leadership in educational settings. It then presents French and Raven's social bases of power—coercive, reward, legitimate, referent, and expert—and builds a case for power being a focus for both educational researchers and practitioners. The former, researchers, are encouraged to look upon power, its definition, its categories, its enhancement, and its application as untilled soil ripe with opportunities for investigation. The latter, practitioners, are asked to come to grips with the potential and limits of each power base in order more effectively to exercise such power in the classroom.

Journal

Australian Journal of EducationSAGE

Published: Nov 1, 1986

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