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The Teacher's Predicament


by Gerald Grant, Urmila Acharya, Sharon Franz, Richard Hawkins, Wendy Kohli & Madhu Suri Prakash 1983

Certain dissatisfactions emerged as a universal theme among 200 teachers observed and interviewed during a study of school environments. Teachers are charged with increased responsibility, while they suffer from a loss of authority. Reasons for the loss of authority and its effects on teacher morale are discussed.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 84 Number 3, 1983, p. 593-609
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10401, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 4:53:43 PM

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  • Gerald Grant
    Syracuse University
    GERALD GRANT is professor in the department of Cultural Foundations of Education and Sociology at Syracuse University.
  • Urmila Acharya
    Syracuse University
    URMILA ACHARYA is completing a doctoral dissertation on "How Teachers Define Their Work" in Cultural Foundations at Syracuse University.
  • Sharon Franz


  • Richard Hawkins
    Syracuse University
    RICHARD HAWKINS is a teacher at the Onondaga Indian School and is working on a dissertation on "Responsibility" in Cultural Foundations at Syracuse University.
  • Wendy Kohli
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    WENDY KOHLI is an assistant professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York.
  • Madhu Prakash
    Pennsylvania State University
    MADHU SURI PRAKASH is an assistant professor in philosophy of education at Pennsylvania State University.
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