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ERIC Number: ED012270
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 20
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INSTITUTIONAL PATERNALISM IN HIGH SCHOOL.
RHEA, BUFORD
TO DETERMINE WHETHER STUDENTS ARE ALIENATED FROM OR INVOLVED IN THEIR SCHOOL WORK 49 INTERVIEWS AND 2,329 QUESTIONNAIRES WERE SECURED FROM STUDENTS FROM THREE HIGH SCHOOLS IN WHICH QUALITY OF FACILITIES, CURRICULUM, STUDENT BACKGROUND, AND STAFF WERE OPTIMAL, THUS ALLOWING CONCENTRATION ON THE ORGANIZATIONAL ASPECTS OF THE SCHOOL. IT WAS FOUND THAT, IN CONTRAST TO THE ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY THAT FUNCTIONARIES IN A BUREAUCRACY (STUDENTS IN A SCHOOL) TYPICALLY BECOME "ALIENATED" FROM THEIR WORK, THESE SUPERIOR STUDENTS IN SUPERIOR SCHOOLS WERE UNEQUIVOCALLY INVOLVED. THEY THOUGHT HIGHLY OF THEIR SCHOOLS AND LIKED THEIR TEACHERS. ONLY 2 PERCENT (55 STUDENTS) EXPRESSED DISSATISFACTION. HOWEVER, IT WAS FURTHER FOUND THAT STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED IN THE WRONG ASPECTS OF SCHOOL LIFE (THAT IS, GETTING GOOD GRADES) INSTEAD OF HAVING MEANINGFUL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES AND THAT THEY LOOK ON HIGH SCHOOL AS A MEANS TO AN END (THAT IS COLLEGE OR A GOOD JOB). AN EXPLANATION OF THE STUDENTS NONALIENATION, DESPITE THE TRIVIALITY OF THEIR WORK AND THE POWERLESSNESS OF THEIR ROLE, IS THAT THEY BELIEVE THE WORK IS BENEFITING THEM BECAUSE THEY PERCEIVE THE SCHOOL STAFF AS BENEVOLENT AND COMPETENT FIGURES WHO WOULD DO NOTHING TO HARM THEM. THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR PRESENTATION AT THE MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (SAN FRANCISCO, 1967). (AW)
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Identifiers: California (San Francisco)