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ERIC Number: ED061174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 27
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Teacher Survival Behaviors Within the School Organization.
Ferren, Ann S.
This study examines the relationship between organizational demands and secondary school teachers' behavior. Teachers develop various techniques to compensate for the dictates of the organization; survival techniques are ways to tolerate the organization without leaving it. This study was carried out in two New England secondary schools in a community of 13,000. The data used for the project were the attitudes, perceptions, feelings, and behavior of individuals within the organization. Interviews, observations of behavior both within and outside of the classroom, and analysis of this information provided the means to examine group behavior. Four major areas of concern guided the research; they were a) organizational demands on the teacher, b) needs and role expectations of the teacher, c) conflict between member needs and organizational demands, and d) behavior patterns teachers utilize to adapt. At the conclusion of the study, data clearly indicated that teachers exhibit survival techniques in their daily work habits. The degree of adaptive behavior ranged widely. It is evident that schools must become places of creative contributions rather than places to survive. A 15-item bibliography is included. (MJM)
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