ERIC Number: ED234049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teaching as an Occupation for Women: A Case Study of an Elementary School.
Biklen, Sari Knopp
A study examined how female elementary school teachers look upon their work, what they value and criticize about their occupation, and how they negotiate their work interests with sex role and family expectations. Research took the form of a case study, and qualitative research methods of participant observation and indepth interviewing were used to collect data over an 8-month period at an elementary school in the northeastern United States. One other school was also studied for a shorter period of time for contrasting purposes. This report centers on the discussions of four major themes which emerged from the data: (1) teachers' understanding of the nature of their careers; (2) importance of autonomy in their work lives; (3) their need for a sense of community among colleagues; and (4) their methods for resolving conflicts. The findings suggest that current understandings of teachers' lives have been limited by stereotypical assumptions about the nature of women. (Author/JMK)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Conflict Resolution, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Employed Women, Family Relationship, Females, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Peer Relationship, Professional Autonomy, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Morale, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Response, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Designs Group, Syracuse, NY.
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