ERIC Number: ED419804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-17
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System of Collegiality: A Theory of Professional Collegial Relationships in Secondary Schools.
Reinken, Barbara J.
This paper explores high school teachers' professional collegial relationships, exploring teachers' perceptions of collegiality and contextual features that affect collegial relationships. The study involved 36 volunteer teachers from two urban midwestern high schools who completed a semi-structured interview. The interview focused on teachers' perceptions of collegiality and contextual factors. The study also utilized data from the Center for Research on the Context of Secondary School Teaching. The study found that there was a difference between definitions of professional collegiality depending on who was doing the defining (teacher, researcher, or reformer). Teachers had cultivated a complex culture of collegiality within which collegial relationships developed. The teachers made decisions about potential colleagues based on cultural values, collegial etiquette standards, and individually developed personal characteristics of other teachers. Contextual features such as issues, forms of collegiality, and organizational characteristics affected the determination of collegial relationships. Self-interest and personal needs were an underlying factor as teachers made decisions about who, when, where, and how to engage peers in collegial relationships. The results suggest that both schools maintained a number of collegial groups which, together, functioned as a collegial system. (Contains 51 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).