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ERIC Number: ED375125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching and Parenting: Effects of the Dual Role.
MacDonald, Judith B.
The purposes of this study were to analyze the effects of being a teacher-parent and to try to identify the knowledge and perspectives teacher-parents derived from the dual role that might be useful to teachers and parents with experience in just one role. The following issues were explored: (1) how parenting influenced teachers; (2) how teaching affected parenting; (3) themes of difficulty in the dual role; (4) differences in how men and women perceived the dual role; and (5) the use of teacher-parents' knowledge for parents and educators with experience in one role only. Subjects--50 female and male, white middle class teachers of elementary, middle, and high school students--were interviewed through a series of open-ended questions to determine their beliefs about the dual role. According to the data analysis, the major effect of parenting on teachers was a greater understanding of and empathy for the parents of their students. In addition, they developed a broadened perspective toward their own children. The main difficulty in the dual role for women was "exhaustion"; male teacher-parents did not find much that was hard in the dual role. Informants' suggestions formed the basis for recommendations including the use of teacher-parents to help educators without children understand how the vulnerability of parents can cause defensiveness, and to help in the development of programs to bridge the gaps of understanding that can develop between teachers and parents. (Contains 15 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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