Authority, family and education

Aurora Bernal Martínez De Soria y Mª Grazia Gualandi

This article is about the topic of authority in the context of a family, specifically within the educational aspect. From a theoretical point of view we remind how it is often disqualified by equating it with authoritarianism. This process was originated in a socio-political context and then pa ssed to education, especially in educational institutions and the family. We show the necessity of educational authority and review the conditions of its legitimacy by reviewing research on the subject both from a theoretical as from a practical point of view. Furthermore, we isolate within the proposals of recovering authority in the family both the common aspects as those points where the debate is focussing on.