ERIC Number: ED308601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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What Teachers Tell Us about Administrators and Administration as Sources of Professional Enthusiasm and Discouragement: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Five Countries.
Ferris, Linda Weller
This paper examines the similarities and differences among five countries (West Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Japan, and Singapore) concerning teachers' perceptions of administrators and of administrative tasks or policies as sources of both enthusiasm and discouragement in their work. The study also summarizes the explanations offered by teachers in five countries on how and why these issues act as stimuli for their professional enthusiasm and discouragement. The beliefs, values, and meanings that teachers ascribe to their relationships with administrators across the five countries are summarized and discussed in relation to efforts aimed at improving administrator/teacher relations, inservice teacher education, policy decisions, staff development, and organization development activities within school or district settings. Examination of the results indicates cross-cultural similarities and differences with regard to both the definition and configuration of behaviors by administrators that create enthusiasm and discouragement; particularly support or lack of support and leadership qualities of the administrator were noted to have the greatest impact. (91 reference) (Author/SI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).