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`Aims to enhance management practice in education by presenting research findings and theory from a wide range of contributors' - Skills and Enterprise Update 'This is indeed a book which could be useful to a much larger readership than the normal closed circle of those working in education' - Managing Schools Today The book presents relevant research and theory in order to enhance management practice in education. The editors' intention is to articulate good practice on the basis of evidence in educational settings. The ideas presented here are derived from international research and practice and apply to all phases of education, with the emphasis on applying research findings t

Organisational Cultures
Organisational cultures
Introduction: Defining Culture

The concept of culture has become increasingly significant in education during the 1990s and into the twenty-first century. This enhanced interest may be understood as an example of dissatisfaction with the limitations of those leadership and management models which stress the structural and technical aspects of schools and colleges. The focus on the intangible world of values and attitudes is a useful counter to these bureaucratic assumptions and helps to produce a more balanced portrait of educational institutions.

Culture relates to the informal aspects of organisations rather then their official elements. They focus on the values, beliefs and norms of individuals in the organisation and how these individual perceptions coalesce into shared meanings. Culture is manifested by symbols and rituals rather ...

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