ERIC Number: ED204338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Teacher Careers: Decoding the Organization.
Organizational socialization concerns the manner in which an individual learns the role of his or her career in the dominant setting in which the work occurs. From the functionalist approach, the role of teacher carries predetermined work attitudes, status, behaviors, and norms into which a beginning teacher is passively socialized. The cooperating teacher often begins the socialization process by means of powerful influence on the student teacher. Other influences come from peers, the teacher subculture, and the bureaucratic structure of the school. In looking at the process of socialization from the dialectical perspective, the nature of the process implies that selectivity and choice are key elements. In this perspective, the socialization setting has no meaning for the teacher beyond what he or she attributes to it through interaction with others. A third framework considers the many roles a teacher has. Individual differences in teachers' backgrounds that react to the organizational setting provide a means for survival and success within the setting. (JD)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Beginning Teachers, Interaction Process Analysis, Peer Influence, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Self Concept, Socialization, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Orientation, Teacher Role, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April, 1981).