Caught on camera: Teachers’ surveillance in schools

Lotem Perry-Hazan*, Michael Birnhack

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-204
Number of pages12
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
StatePublished - Feb 2019


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation448/15


    • CCTV
    • Privacy
    • School surveillance
    • Social categorization
    • Teachers’ social status
    • Teachers’ surveillance


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