Caught on Camera: Teachers' Surveillance in Schools
Caught on Camera: Teachers’ Surveillance in Schools, 78 TEACHING AND TEACHER EDUCATION 193-204 (2019)
27 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2018 Last revised: 18 May 2020
Date Written: November 28, 2018
This study explores the surveillance of Israeli teachers by CCTV systems (CCTVs), based on interviews with teachers who reported being monitored by CCTVs in their schools and with school principals using CCTVs to monitor teachers. The findings present and analyze forms of teachers’ CCTV surveillance, its impact on teachers’ behavior, their feelings, and their normative perceptions. We find that teachers’ surveillance by CCTVs includes spatial and temporal dimensions that differ from other forms of teachers’ monitoring. The findings show how surveillance demoralizes teachers, induces resistance, and produces social categorizations that exacerbate teachers’ low social status.
Keywords: Teachers’ Surveillance; School Surveillance; CCTV; Teachers’ Social Status; Social Categorization; Privacy
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