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Small Town Teacher

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674429963

Publication Date: 01/01/1972

247 pages


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“This book is about teachers,” writes the author, “elementary school teachers in a small rural New England school. And so it is also about a school, the Adams Elementary School (the name is fictitious), its two hundred pupils and their parents, the administrators, and the villagers. But the focus is on the teachers. I decided to study these teachers, partly because I was one of them and also because, as I shared the experiences of teaching with them, I began to share their defeatism and their cynicism.”

Why do many of today’s teachers view their profession as frustrating and even painful? What pressures are imposed on them indeed, what pressures do they also impose on themselves? As teacher-sociologist, Gertrude McPherson probed into such questions during her year of intensive participant-observation in the Adams School. In this study McPherson employs the role-set model in order to explore the dimensions of the role-expectations and role-conflicts and thus increase understanding of the problems of teachers.

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