ERIC Number: ED335138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Teachers: Roles and Relationships.
Smith, Anne B.; And Others
This study explored the nature of staff roles and relationships in four New Zealand kindergartens during the process of change that ocurred when a new staff member was taking up a position. The study attempted to identify features of early childhood settings in which relationships among staff were working well and settings in which they were not. The major themes emerging from a series of interviews of teachers (N=12) were goal consensus and power sharing in decision making. Successful kindergartens, in which harmonious staff relationships developed, involved all staff in developing philosophical agreement and clarifying roles. Unsuccessful kindergartens, in which staff problems culminated in resignations, evidenced conflict between experienced and inexperienced teachers about teacher roles. Successful kindergartens worked through consensus and negotiation, while unsuccessful kindergartens worked through the authority of the head teacher or the majority view. A list of 13 reference items is included. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Zealand Dept. of Education, Wellington.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Consensus; New Zealand; Teacher Cooperation