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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

Helping Practitioners Explore Their School's Culture
Helping practitioners explore their school's culture
DavidHargreaves
Introduction

It is assumed in this chapter that the motive for exploring one's own school culture is to enhance effectiveness or as an element of a programme of school improvement. I assume also that you, the practitioner, are a headteacher or a senior member of staff engaged in such an endeavour.

As a school leader, you have in this regard three major tasks in relation to school culture – diagnostic, directional and managerial. The diagnostic task is that of finding a method or technique of diagnosing the present character of your school's culture. The directional task is that of deciding in what ways you want the school's culture to change. The managerial task is that of ...

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