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ERIC Number: EJ782117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Fear and Trembling in the American High School: Educational Reform and Teacher Alienation
Brooks, Jeffrey S.; Hughes, Roxanne M.; Brooks, Melanie C.
Educational Policy, v22 n1 p45-62 2008
This article reports findings from a two-year case study of teachers in a single public high school. Data were gathered and analyzed using a conceptual framework that conceived of alienation as a set of five sub-constructs: powerlessness, meaninglessness, normlessness, isolation, and estrangement. Findings suggested that teachers experienced each of these forms of alienation, but that each individual teacher interpreted them in a unique manner. Moreover, data suggested that for individual teachers, experiences of alienation varied from situation to situation and evolved over time. The authors concluded that teacher alienation was a fluid phenomenon, a seemingly basic assertion that has profound implications for teachers, administrators, and policymakers as they consider adopting or implementing reform initiatives. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States