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`I waited with great anticipation to receive Jon Prossers book School Culture. The wait was worth it and I wasn't to be disappointed....this is a fine book bringing to a reader a credible and solid set of work'- Youth and Policy School culture is today one of the most important themes in education and educational research.This book draws on a wide range of contemporary perspectives to provide an insight into the key issues and concepts which underpin school culture. The first part of the book is concerned with culture as an holistic concept. The second part adopts the stance that school culture is the sum of its subcultures.The contributors focus on significant groups such as te

The Evolution of School Culture Research
The evolution of school culture research
JonProsser
Introduction

The term ‘school culture’ is popular and frequently used but despite over thirty years of research it remains enigmatic and much abused. The aim of this chapter is to provide a brief overview of the evolution of studies in school culture in the UK. The task is not an easy one. School culture research in the UK (and throughout the world) does not form a homogeneous body of literature and hence plotting its progress is a tenuous exercise. Also it is not appropriate to proffer a single definition, interpretation, application, or even assume that the term itself ‘school culture’ is appropriate. Indeed, this chapter rests on the dangerous assumption that the notion of ‘school ...

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