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ERIC Number: ED117846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 14
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Alienation and the Negotiation Process.
Adams, Charles F.
The author makes three assumptions in discussing the effect of collective negotiations on teachers' sense of alienation: first, alienation is a multidimensional concept that, in this context, is taken to derive from within the organizational setting of the school system; second, school systems are organized as bureaucracies containing more or less the general characteristics of Weber's "ideal type" bureaucracy; and third, negotiations in school systems deal with both the centralization of authority and the rule structure of the organization. The conceptual scheme based on these assumptions is that teacher alienation from work, the sense of powerlessness and meaninglessness, is related to the extent to which the bureaucratic structure of the school provides the means for teachers to become involved in the decisions affecting the rules and regulations governing their work. The negotiation process is seen as a means whereby teachers may have increased input into the decision-making authority of the organization and, consequently, provide a rule structure that has more meaning to them. Three hypotheses are derived as a guide to further research. What is critical is the degree to which the negotiation process is truly a joint decision-making one and the nature of the rule structure that develops from the negotiations. (Author/IRT)
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