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ERIC Number: ED152763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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A Grounded Theory Study of the Role Personalization of Beginning Secondary Teachers.
Gehrke, Nathalie J.; Yamamoto, Kaoru
The purpose of this study was to generate a theory of role personalization grounded in data obtained from beginning secondary teachers. Role personalization is defined as the way beginning teachers adapt the teacher role to meet their own needs, while at the same time being socialized into the role demanded by others. Ten beginning secondary teachers participated in the study during their first and third years of teaching. Four major motivating needs were expressed by teachers entering their first year of teaching: the needs for respect, liking, belonging, and sense of competence. Three years later they still focused on these four major needs, but the need for respect had less salience. A fifth need, for variety, emerged after three years of teaching. The teachers' concept of themselves, the role ideal, problems, and perceptions of others changed very little from the first to the third year, although perceptions of their own competence were strengthened. The teachers' needs-disposition permeated their perceptions of role, self, problems, and others, which, in turn, affected the behaviors they chose in enacting the role of teacher. Early in their role adoption as teachers they sought to present themselves as competent and like their ideal, by achieving control of students and not asking for help from peers. Later they sought to present themselves in a manner that would gain student affection. By the third year, in keeping with their growing need for variety, they began to present themselves as innovative and willing to try new things. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)