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Teachers at Work: Achieving Success in Our Schools

ISBN-13: 978-0788168604
ISBN-10: 0788168606
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From Publishers Weekly

Professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Johnson here views school as workplace, "composed of a constellation of features, each of which contributes to or detracts from teachers' satisfaction and productivity." Her study focuses on the context of teaching rather than on the instructional dynamics and techniques that are also essential to school reform. Interviews with over 100 private and public school teachers rated as superior suggest the nature of the rewards and satisfactions that keep teachers in the workplace despite their feelings of frustration. Providing a wealth of information and insights into schools in terms of traditions, purpose and personal fulfillment, Johnson also indicates that most schools fail their teachers. The blueprint presented here, however, yields hope for improvement.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

A school reform book with feasible recommendations. Johnson ( Teachers Unions in Schools, Temple Univ. Pr., 1984) believes that who teaches matters, and that an improved structure of the school as a workplace will help good teachers do good work. She discusses some of the conditions of the school workplace: low quality/quantity of work space and supplies; lack of parental involvement; exclusion of teachers from governance; and classroom isolation, with little time for collegiality. Based on extensive research, Johnson concludes that good teachers leave because their efforts are thwarted by their schools: schools must allow teachers input into decisions, and teachers must be supported by administrators rather than vice versa. For libraries supporting pre-service and in-service teacher education programs and anyone interested in the structure and function of the public school. Food for thought and action.
- Scott Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., Miss.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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