Sociological Group Matrix
Schaefer (2011) defines a group as “any number of people with similar norms, values, and expectations who interact with one another on a regular basis” (p. 111). Complete the Social Group Matrix by identifying and describing the relationship between yourself and the members of any social group you are a part of.
Identify the group. The group I chose is my place of employment – Little School House of Altoona (preschool/child care facility). This business is owned by a husband and wife. The husband is considered the owner, business manager, cook, and maintenance person. The wife is the director and the 4K teacher. There are four other teachers – one full-time and three part-time. Three out of four teachers are considered “lead teachers.” The full-time teacher used to be a director of another child care facility. Two of us part-time teachers can actually have gone through enough schooling to have our own child cares, too. The other part-time teacher is still going to college to become a special education teacher. He works in the four to school-age room (green room) in the afternoon. The 4K program is primarily in the morning, but most children stay all day.
Social group or organization
Describe the function of the social group.
This organization takes care of children from two to five year olds through the work week from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. However, we do have some school-agers that come either before or after school. The school bus picks them up at the center in the morning and drops them at the center after school.
The classrooms are divided into three areas. The blue room is the two year old room, the yellow room is the three year old room, and the green room is the 4K and school-age room. The center used to be a split level house. We have a fenced in playground with a