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ERIC Number: ED444979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Exploring the "New" Unionism: Perceptions of Recently Tenured Teachers.
Murray, Christine E.
A study analyzed recently tenured teachers' perceptions about union reform, examining factors shaping their beliefs and noting efforts of Rochester, New York's Rochester Teachers' Association (RTA) to promote reform and foster new leadership. Newly tenured teachers completed interviews on: the RTA's role; a description of the RTA; what influenced their views about the RTA and teachers' unions; what changes should be made by teachers' unions; RTA efforts that go beyond traditional union activities; teachers' and unions' roles in evaluating and improving teaching quality; RTA initiatives of interest; involvement in union leadership; reasons for becoming involved in unions; professional association memberships; and issues for future planning. Teachers had various views about their union. It was an important source of power but also a bureaucracy. The union's advocacy and negotiating functions were well established in teachers' minds. Far less developed was the function as quality control agent. The RTA had experimented with peer review, and teachers were split in preferring peer versus administrator evaluation. Teachers believed the building faculty representative's role was: enrolling faculty as members, keeping faculty informed about RTA activities, representing teachers' interests and needs, stimulating active participation in RTA work, acting as a consultant to members, and keeping records. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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