A tale of two technical cultures: Foreign language teaching

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In broad terms this study investigated how the social organization of schools affects and is affected by the structures within which teachers find themselves: in essence how teachers shaped their reality. In particular this investigation was concerned with high school foreign language (FL) teachers' perceptions of their work environment; specifically how FL teachers in differing school contexts defined FL instruction and the manner in which these contextual definitions associated with their classroom behavior. Many previous investigations have focused on the relationship of teachers' classroom behavior and student outcomes. This study instead asked what the organizational antecedents for teachers' classroom practices are by documenting high school FL teachers' technical cultures-the processes designed to accomplish an organization's goals (Lortie, 1975; Rosenholtz, 1989).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-383
Number of pages11
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1993
Externally publishedYes

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