ERIC Number: ED214300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Case Study of Teacher Role Enactment in an Urban Elementary School.
Using role concepts and organizational theory, this case study examined the role enactments of 26 teachers in a large urban elementary school in the Midwest. Data were gathered through interviews and through observation of teacher interaction with students, colleagues, and administrators. The study concentrated especially on the ways teachers interpreted and responded to the school's organizational characteristics, established a relationship with the principal, and developed stretegies to survive in the organization. After a review of organizational theory and role theory, the paper describes the school setting and discusses the results of the observations and interviews. Three modes of role enactment were identified: (1) "elite" teachers, who negotiated their role in close contact with the principal; (2) "reinforcement" teachers, the guardians of the school's organizational norms; and (3) "fringe" teachers, who were estranged from both the administration and organizational norms. The paper describes how teachers in the different role enactment modes behaved when disciplining students, teaching the curriculum, assigning homework, and promoting students. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).