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ERIC Number: ED419779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving the Study of Teacher Collegiality: Methodological Issues.
Lima, Jorge Avila de
This paper discusses the range, frequency, structure, and content of teachers' professional and interpersonal relationships in their schools, describing data from a study of teacher cultures and collegiality. The study, which involved two Portuguese secondary schools, examined the informal networks of collegial and interpersonal communication ties among teachers and how the networks structured teachers' work experiences. Using a questionnaire and interviews with teachers, student teachers, department heads, and school administrators, researchers collected data from over 100 individuals at each school on collegial and interpersonal ties with others. Professional relations were characterized in terms of the frequency with which they occurred and the intensity of the relations. Results suggested that teachers interacted more with friends than acquaintances about professional matters. Two-thirds of all professional relations involved friendships between teachers. Professional and close friendship cliques rarely overlapped in membership. Working with close friends in schools significantly influenced how teachers approached their work (e.g., reducing anxiety and facilitating mutual agreement), though it restricted and hindered the accomplishment of several important job-related tasks. The paper discusses the issue in terms of: improving the study of form in teachers' cultures; exploring the network properties of teachers' collegial relations; combining qualitative and social network data; paying systematic attention to the role of friendship in collegial interactions; and emphasizing the importance and functions of weak ties in teaching. (Contains 68 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal