ERIC Number: ED307250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Teachers' Work and the Politics of Time and Space.
The theoretical analysis of time and teachers' work presented here arises from an ongoing project studying elementary principals' and teachers' perceptions and uses of preparation or planning time within the school day. Many school boards in Ontario now provide their elementary teachers with a guaranteed minimum amount of scheduling time for purposes of preparation, planning, and other support activities. Drawing on a sample of 18 schools in three school boards, the study investigates how preparation time is perceived and used in a board where such time is being newly instituted, in a board where preparation time has been in place for some years, and in a board where such time is related to a specific initiative designed to foster collaborative planning among teachers. The study focuses not just on perceptions and uses of preparation time in particular, but also on the nature of the broader aspects of the work which teachers undertake outside of their scheduled class time. Five interrelated dimensions of time are discussed, particularly as they apply to teachers' work: technical-rational time, micropolitical time, phenominological time, physical time, and sociopolitical time. A warning is raised that the administrative tendency is to exert tighter control over teachers' work and their time, to regulate and rationalize it and to break it down into small, discrete components. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).