Behind Closed Doors: Teachers and the Role of the Teachers' Lounge


reviewed by Mary Metz - 2002

coverTitle: Behind Closed Doors: Teachers and the Role of the Teachers' Lounge
Author(s): Miriam Ben-Peretz and Shifra Schonmann
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791444473 , Pages: 187, Year: 2000
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In Behind Closed Doors: Teachers and the Role of the Teachers’ Lounge, Miriam Ben-Peretz and Shifra Schonmann explore the life of the teachers’ lounge, describing it as a crucial physical and social space at the heart of teachers’ experience of their schools. They do a great service in asking readers to pay more attention to this backstage, informal, but sometimes critical space. Their strategy is a dual one. They report a multi-method study of the life of teachers’ lounges in Israel and their impact on teachers; this empirical research yields a mostly descriptive account. But the book is also an extended essay on the importance and potentialities of teachers’ lounges as a part of teachers’ individual professional and personal lives and, equally important, as a ground for developing their collective practice. The empirical study was ambitious and multifaceted. Employing ten graduate students, the authors coordinated observations in a wide variety of teachers’ lounges in Israeli elementary, middle, and high schools. They then videotaped interactions in a smaller number of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 1024-1027
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10812, Date Accessed: 9/26/2021 3:04:45 AM

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