Making sense of the role of culture in school improvement

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Addressing the need to find new ways for examining workplace cultures quickly and effectively in order to facilitate school improvement efforts, this article proposes a technique for carrying out such enquiries. By exploring the nature of school cultures and how they impact upon day-to-day encounters in classrooms, it illustrates how critical incidents can be analysed so as to help those in schools to understand themselves better in terms of those factors that shape their practice. It is argued that the proposed method has the potential to go beyond systems of external monitoring in such a way as to enable schools to develop procedures for self-review.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-163
Number of pages19
JournalSchool Effectiveness and School Improvement
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000


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