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ERIC Number: ED075439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 10
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A Comparison of Human Relations Problem Diagnostic Tendencies of Elementary and Secondary Teachers.
Blumberg, Arthur; Perry, Roger
The role of a teacher is that of a person who must deal with the socio-emotional demands of a system; foremost in this is the teacher-student relationship. To gauge the differences between secondary and elementary school teachers in these relationships, a revised version of the Problem Analysis Questionnaire (1960) was used. Eighty-one teachers, 38 secondary and 143 elementary, completed the questionnaire which was centered on a problem with a student that had no satisfactory solution. The results showed the secondary school teachers scored higher on all levels than the elementary teachers. This implies that the secondary teachers were more aware of interpersonal teacher-pupil conflicts. The greater responsibility of a teacher in secondary schools, the greater interdependence in the secondary school system, where communication is an issue, probably contribute to this result. Also, the culture of secondary schools provides more grounds for adult-adult interaction than the culture of elementary schools which is family-like. The results indicate that teachers should respond to the organizational and human context within which they work. (JA)
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