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ERIC Number: ED308144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
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Crucible or Cradle: A Typology of the Working Conditions of New Teachers.
Szabo, Margaret A.
This paper describes the range of variation in the key working conditions of 13 new teachers in 6 different high schools in California. A prologue tells the stories of "Alex" and "Michael" to show how two equally promising young teachers may encounter working conditions as different as a cradle is from a crucible. The second section summarizes how the literature on teacher induction and two broad theories of organizational socialization guided data collection and analysis. The third section describes the data and methods used in the study. Section four presents the working condition factors which arose from the data and briefly describes how these factors varied across the 13 teachers. Section five describes a typology of the working conditions based on the factors in section four and illustrates the typology by presenting case studies of four new teachers, Alex, Michael, Ginny and Kate. Section six returns to the two models of organizational socialization, comparing these alternate models to the four types of working conditions and drawing implications for policymakers and school practitioners to ponder. The conclusion comments on how the typology may be useful to future research. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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