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ERIC Number: ED319013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Instructional Choices in Language Arts: Reality or Illusion.
Hensley, Robin
A first-year first grade teacher's professional disappointments were broken down into three divisions: (1) power and control, or the lack of them; (2) co-worker socialization; and (3) lack of professionalism and support. Lack of control was reflected in pressure from administrators to use certain texts, or even to decorate classrooms in a certain way. Through the socialization of new teachers, veterans aimed at changing anything in the beginning teachers' methods that was new, instead of learning about it or looking to see if it worked. A lack of professionalism was demonstrated by the apparently inattentive evaluations by administrators and by their unwillingness to allow teachers to exercise subject text choice. Furthermore, compromises over such interpersonal factors as the need to be accepted and the desire to be liked created stress for the new instructors. Disappointment arose as well from state-mandated curricular reforms that only made the situation worse. (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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