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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

School Culture: Black Hole or Fertile Garden for School Improvement?
School culture: Black hole or fertile garden for school improvement?
LouiseStoll

Take five scenarios. The first two involve improvement attempts from outside of schools; the other three, from inside. First, the external efforts. In the attempt to drive up educational standards, a national or state government mandates that all schools will use a ‘tried and tested’ approach to teaching writing. This will be introduced through professional development and monitoring practices found to be effective when introducing changes elsewhere. A local education authority or district sets up a voluntary school improvement project for its schools in partnership with a university that offers considerable experience in such projects, drawing on an extensive knowledge base on the conditions that support ...

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