ERIC Number: ED198126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Cathartic and Socialization Functions of "Teacher Bars" (Findings).
Pajak, Edward F.; Blase, Joseph
This paper is based on 42 unstructured, tape-recorded interviews, conducted over a period of three months, with teachers who frequented a teacher bar. It was hypothesized that conversations teachers have with each other in an ambience of informal collegiality serve a cathartic function. Through their interactions, teachers helped one another by creating a secure environment for the cathartic release of emotion for those who felt they needed it. The most frequently discussed topic of conversation at these relaxed meetings was the relationship between teachers and their students. A second topic was the dichotomy between community and student attitudes and expectations of somewhat rigid and formal teacher behavior, and teachers' perceptions of themselves as typical human beings. It is suggested that the restrictive culture of the school inhibits teachers from relating to their students and peers from a genuine humanistic base and forces them into stereotyped roles. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).