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Life at SchoolAn Ethnographic Study$
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Meenakshi Thapan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195679649

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679649.001.0001

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Teacher Interaction: Formal and Informal

Teacher Interaction: Formal and Informal

(p.99) Chapter Six Teacher Interaction: Formal and Informal
Life at School

Meenakshi Thapan

Oxford University Press

Interaction between teachers occurs in both formal and informal settings. This chapter discusses teacher-teacher interaction in the Rishi Valley School, focusing on teachers not only as teachers but as people who are more than just performing a professional role. It describes the social processes through and in which the teachers live as members of the Rishi Valley community, and examines the configuration of teacher culture. Teacher-teacher interaction is influenced by a wide range of factors, including the organization of the school (divided into transcendental and local orders) and the teacher's structural position. Another major determining factor in such interactions is the school's ideology. In Rishi Valley, teachers interact formally during faculty meetings, special staff meetings, and twenty-minute morning tea-breaks.

Keywords:   teacher's structural position, staff meetings, teacher-teacher interaction, Rishi Valley School, Krishnamurthy's ideology, School timetable, teacher culture, social processes in Rishi Valley

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