ERIC Number: ED028130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Teachers and Their Social Relationships.
Adams, Raymond S.
A study examined (1) how teachers in England. Australia, New Zealand, and the United States think others expect them to behave and (2) the amount of divergence existing between these expectations and the teacher's own attitudes. A teacher-questionnaire listed 10 teacher activities (derived from an interview phase of the study) representing behavior that the teachers themselves thought to be important in their social relations: attending PTA meetings regularly, accepting nonprofessional duties willingly, maintaining orderliness and quietness in the classroom, encompassing a broad range of educational goals, using corporal punishment, using free periods only for professional matters, adhering strictly to a prescribed curriculum, giving voice publicly on controversial topics, having an occasional drink at a local pub or bar, preparing pupils to "get ahead" in life. Respondents indicated their level of approval of each item and then indicated the degree of approval "perceived" in each of the four "significant other" groups (other teachers, principals, educational orricials, and parents). Responses were converted to scale scores on a five-point scale and mean responses calculated by country. (Findings are presented in graph form, and conclusions are listed for each item and for the total study.) (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; England; New Zealand; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Educational Research Assn., Los Angeles, California, February 5-8, 1969.