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ERIC Number: ED421780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 25
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The Influence of Auxiliary Staff in Elementary School Settings.
Reed, Patricia; Salazar, Marcia
A case study explored the nature and extent of auxiliary staff's influence on the everyday life of three Ohio elementary schools. An ancillary purpose was to identify factors accounting for these influences and discover the extent that auxiliary staff (secretaries, custodians, and cafeteria workers) perceive themselves and are perceived by professional staff members as influencing elementary school culture. In phase one, a revised version of the Organization Control Questionnaire/Graph (Tannenbaum and Wook, 1979) was administered to 2 principals, 49 teachers, and 12 auxiliary staff from 3 elementary schools, and a control sample of professional and classified staff. The second phase featured interviews with one cafeteria worker, custodian, secretary, and principal from each school (n=3) and seven teachers. Results suggest that auxiliary staff's influence on school culture is both technical and symbolic and is exerted overtly (through persuasion and manipulation of the physical or social environment) and tacitly (through dependency, location, time, and position in the social structure). However, these dual influences do not seem widely recognized by either auxiliary or professional staff. Auxiliary staff see their role as symbolic; teachers see it as technical. Only principals appear to recognize auxiliary staff's dual influence on school culture. Voices of auxiliary staff must be heard. Contains 6 tables and 36 references. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio