New PDF release: Primary Teachers Talking: A Study of Teaching As Work

By Professor Jennifer Nias, Visit Amazon's Jennifer Nias Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Jennifer Nias,

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ISBN-13: 9780203032527

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A very shiny account, in keeping with basic academics' personal phrases, of what it capability ''to believe like a teacher''.

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Without seeing themselves as, or ‘feeling like’, teachers). Moreover, these people often suspended professional selfidentification for longer than the few years that Sikes et al. (1985) found to be characteristic of secondary teachers. Indeed, my second point is that identification as ‘primary teacher’ often appears to grow slowly. While for a minority it is rooted in childhood, for the rest it appears to come through repeated experience of the job itself. Third, the personal values (or ‘belief systems’, Smith et al.

1969: 67). The authors go on to suggest that different patterns of loading by the four groups may ‘relate respectively to stereotyped self-images of the “aspiring professional”, “the interested and concerned mother”, “the charitably inclined middle class lady” and “the student”’. Cohen et al. (1973), studying achievement-need in student teachers, reported self-images of ‘ambitious’, ‘hardworking’, ‘individualistic’ and ‘sure’, but in the context of their study this is not surprising. A second group of studies based mainly on interviews with and self-reports by individuals (Ebbutt 1982; Ingvarson and Greenway 1984; Spencer 1986; Smith et al.

As Barnard (1938) pointed out many years ago, personal and institutional goals are seldom co-terminous; the skill of management lies in ensuring that there is sufficient correspondence between the two for the achievement of crucial institutional goals. It is often to the benefit of the school as well as the individual that, provided ‘commitment’ results in hard work, generosity of spirit and self-expenditure, it should remain relatively undefined except in circumstances where the persistence of ambiguity makes it difficult for individuals to attain their own ends.

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