Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Occupational vulnerability: A study of novice school librarians
by Frye, Julie Marie, Ph.D., Indiana University, 2014, 193; 3631273
Abstract (Summary)

Using Callahan's (1962) vulnerability thesis as a theoretical framework, this qualitative case studies research examines the occupational socialization of secondary, public school librarians. The study examines three novice librarians' autobiographical narratives and explores how participants perceived the influence of professional, critical events. The study addresses the challenges and successes that novice school librarians encounter or bring about during their early years in the profession. The study also examines how critical events create professional identities of school librarians, and how narratives of vulnerability (re)produce culture myths about teaching and librarianship.

In order to have a better understanding of the occupational socialization of the school librarian participants, I collected data from multiple sources for each of the cases. The procedures included direct observations, interviews, and document analysis. The research began while participants were student teaching, and data was collected until their second year of practice.

The results of the analysis indicate that participants' student teaching placements provided polarized experiences to model their practices after: either unrealistic or unacceptable. All participants express that they were unprepared for their service in public schools, and they were unsupported by their administrators in their first school librarian positions. In addition, they convey great discomfort with the "myths" of their clerical work that their administrators or job titles demanded. The study suggests that in spite of their perceived inadequate socialization, school librarian participants exhibit strength in the midst of great occupational challenges and role uncertainty.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Flinders, David
Commitee: Dennis, Barbara, Lackey, Lara, Mason, Terrence, Tilley, Carol
School: Indiana University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 75/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational sociology, Library science, Teacher education
Keywords: Critical events analysis, Mystory, Occupational socialization, Professional identity, School librarian, Vulnerability thesis
Publication Number: 3631273
ISBN: 9781321096897
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