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ERIC Number: ED464032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Reconciling Teacher Unionism's Disparate Identities: A View from the Field. BCTF Research Report.
Naylor, Charlie
While traditional debates about teacher unions have focused on their dual roles (industrial and professional), this report suggests that such duality is outdated, and it is important to recognize that teacher unions in North America now focus on a multiplicity of areas. To understand them, it is necessary to analyze the range of teacher union focuses, understand the nature and extent of teacher union focuses, and evaluate the utility of each teacher union focus. This report examines five directions that teacher unions should consider and discuss, each of which is derived from analysis of the literature. They include: teacher unions should reduce their level of engagement in reactive stances, especially with governments and the media; the professional focus on teacher unions benefits from collaboration with external groups and organizations, and this collaboration should be increased; the professional focus of teacher unions in North America has a subordinate and an acquiescent place in union structures, and this placement should be challenged and changed; teacher unions currently without a professional focus should consider one; and teacher unions should collaborate more with other teacher unions, universities, and other organizations, in professionally focused networking and publishing. (Contains 40 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Teachers' Federation, Vancouver.
Identifiers - Location: Canada