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ERIC Number: ED207167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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The Structure of Colleague Relations in an Urban Elementary School.
Ginsburg, Mark B.; Pearson, James P.
To investigate interpersonal communications networks within school staffs, researchers studied three aspects of teachers' relations with their colleagues in one urban elementary school. The three aspects included relaxing and chatting, consulting on student motivation, and consulting on student discipline. Through a sociometric questionnaire survey, data were gathered from all 36 staff members on their colleague relations, personal characteristics (such as sex, age, and marital status), teaching experience, status within the school's organizational hierarchy, attitudes toward student decision-making in class, and perceptions of school climate and of the principal's leadership qualities. The results indicated that the three aspects fell on a continuum from formal to informal colleague relations. Relaxing and chatting, at the informal end, occurred with colleagues of similar background, status, and perceptions. of school climate and of the principal's leadership qualities. The results indicated that the three aspects fell on a continuum from formal to informal colleague relations. Relaxing and chatting, at the informal end, occurred with colleagues of similar background, status, and perceptions. Consulting on student discipline fell at the formal end, occurring with colleagues of higher status. Consultations on student motivation appeared around the midpoint of the continuum, occurring with colleagues of the same sex but of higher status. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Network Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Dallas, TX, January 29-31, 1981).