Teachers and supervisors negotiating face during critical account requests in post observation feedbacK

DONAGHUE, Helen (2021). Teachers and supervisors negotiating face during critical account requests in post observation feedbacK. Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behaviour, Culture.

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This article shows, through the analysis of ‘real life’ institutional interaction, how experienced teachers and supervisors negotiate face when teachers contest or manage supervisors’ critical account requests during post observation feedback meetings. Linguistic micro-analysis of data extracts is supplemented with ethnographic data drawn from participant perspective interviews and researcher knowledge. Analysis shows how participants subtly and skilfully employ facework work to manage the potential face threat engendered by criticism and disagreement. This facework is mostly successful, but in one case the supervisor orients to face threat and closes down the topic of discussion. This demonstrates that face is consequential to both unfolding talk and the feedback goal of dialogue and development. Feedback participants, both supervisors and teachers, also engage in moves of face support and face maintenance. Analysis shows face to be an emergent, situated relationship, co-constructed by both participants. Analysis also shows that participants are willing to risk face threat to achieve institutional goals (supervisors) and defend their actions (teachers). This supports the view that face threat is rational and common and indicates that criticism, account requests, and disagreements are acceptable norms in post observation feedback.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2018-0028
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 14:17
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2022 01:18
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/24991

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