ERIC Number: ED431707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
A Comparison of Alienation among Alternatively and Traditionally Certified Teachers.
Shoho, Alan R.; Martin, Nancy K.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of alienation among alternatively and traditionally certified teachers. A total of 228 teachers in grades K-12 from a public university offering both traditional certification (TC) and cooperative alternative certification (AC) graduate programs were assessed using the School Alienation Scale to determine their perceptions of isolation, normlessness, powerlessness, and meaninglessness within their school work environment. AC teachers were found to be significantly less isolated than TC teachers. This may be attributed to their relative inexperience as teachers as well as their current participation in a cohort program that provides some level of insulation from the alienating effects of schools. Other comparisons between AC and TC teachers found insignificant differences in levels of normlessness, powerlessness, meaninglessness, and total alienation. This shows that AC and TC teachers share similar perceptions of school alienation. Despite the insignificant differences between AC and TC teachers in three out of four alienation constructs, the high levels of alienation provide further support for the existence of what previous researchers described as the confinement from one another of teachers to isolated classrooms and alienating work conditions. (Contains 38 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).