Role perception of secondary school teachers in urban comprehensive schools
This thesis look. at two levels of teacher's role
conception, 'ideal' and classroom. Findings supported
the premise that there would be variance between these two
levels and between role segments which form part of role.
A major aim was to explain the variance between role
conceptiona. The belief was that attitudes and professionalism
together with constraining influences would affect role
Observational analysis (school visits and actual teaching)
was carried out in a selection of comprehensive schools and
some of the data wa~ used in qu.ationnaire formation. The
aample of 86 was drawn from three schools from a school
division within the Inner London Education Autbority.
It was hypoth.sized that certain constraining influences
would predominate over others in contributing to the variance
between role conceptiona. School organization and student
ba.ed constraints were of major importance, thus supporting
Inter-relationship. between variables were examined.
Becaus. respondents did not answer acroll the .cale, the
sample could DOt be divided on a liberal/conservative
dicbotomr a. had been anticipated. Through weighting
procedure. new variable. were created: role legments
(dependent variable.) and independent variable., such as
constraint., influence of alters, altars with .imilar viev.,
hindered by altera, powerlessness, freedom, employers
change/conflict, professionalism and authoritarianism. The
latter two variables did not prove to be very significant.
However chanae/conflict in relation to role was more prominent
than individual change/conflict itama in the earlier analysis
of the data. Observational data tends to 8upport the later
analysis aDd a180 the view of the researcher tbat teachers
vere conservative in the way they responded.