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ERIC Number: ED059965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 12
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Expectations for the Role of Teacher: A Comparison of Future Teachers and Experienced Teachers.
Osborne, John W.
A role definition instrument was administered to experienced and future teachers at the Universities of Wisconsin (Madison) and Houston in an attempt to identify areas of conflict between the expectations of these groups for the role of teacher. Unlike previous studies, this one focuses on the expectations of the future teacher. The factors of conformity, autonomy, discipline and communication comprised 30.4 percent of the instrument variance. Subject to the restricted sampling, results suggest that a recruitee's adjustment to the pressures to conform within the social system of the school, the maintenance of his professional autonomy, coping with classroom management, and communicating with those in complementary roles may be the four most important preoccupations of the new teacher and as such deserve special attention in teacher training. The Madison groups differed significantly only on discipline, while the Houston groups differed significantly on conformity, autonomy, and discipline. The one significant regional difference for teachers was conformity; significant regional differences for future teachers were on conformity and autonomy. (JLF)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Chicago, April 1972