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Surviving Internal Politics Within the School: Practical Strategies for Teachers


reviewed by Elizabeth Hinde March 01, 2007

coverTitle: Surviving Internal Politics Within the School: Practical Strategies for Teachers
Author(s): Beverly H. Johns, Mary Z. McGrath, & Sarup R. Mathur
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578864755 , Pages: 234, Year: 2006
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Surviving Internal Politics Within the School: Practical Strategies for Teachers brings to mind James Garbarino’s classic book, Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment. Although Garbarino describes negative social conditions in which children grow up that can be poisonous to their development, Surviving Internal Politics Within the School describes negative, even hostile, school environments in which teachers may work that can be toxic to their well-being and professional growth. In both books the authors provide practical suggestions for navigating through negative environments. However, rather than provide research-based descriptions of school environments, Johns, McGrath, and Mathur offer advice based on their combined 75 years of experience in school settings. Surviving Internal Politics Within the School is written in a very easy to read voice, speaking directly to the reader. The first sentence sets the voice for the rest of the book, “You have a rewarding profession—molding the future of our country.” It... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 01, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13682, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 6:04:21 AM

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  • Elizabeth Hinde
    Arizona State University
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    ELIZABETH R. HINDE was an elementary school teacher for 18 years and is now an assistant professor of elementary education at the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at Arizona State University. She travels around the country working with elementary teachers in integrating social studies with other curricular content areas. Her research includes integrated curriculum, social studies education, and teacher change.
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