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ERIC Number: EJ1143672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-1926
Storied Emotional Distances in the Relationships between Beginning Teachers and School Principals
Lassila, Erkki T.; Timonen, Virpi; Uitto, Minna; Estola, Eila
British Educational Research Journal, v43 n3 p486-504 Jun 2017
Recent research has acknowledged the importance of the relationships of school principals with beginning teachers. However, little is known about how emotions inform these relationships from the beginning teacher's side. Applying the concept of emotional geographies, this paper explores the kinds of storied emotional distances that appear in the relationships between beginning teachers and their principals. Based on interviews with beginning Japanese teachers, the results indicate that such relationships may be: (1) very direct and personal; (2) acted out indirectly by the principal as personal facilitator "behind the scenes" or as public gatekeeper; or (3) mediated by the teacher community. The analysis reveals beginning teachers' personal experiences of these relationships, as well as how such relationships are influenced by organisational and cultural context. Although principals are described as distant figures within the school organisation, they are seen to play an important role in facilitating beginning teachers' work by connecting with them at a personal level and providing good working conditions by influencing the emotional atmosphere of the teacher community or by sheltering them from parental pressure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
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