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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

Primary Teaching as a Culture of Care
Primary teaching as a culture of care

The definition of culture that I find most helpful is ‘what keeps the herd moving west’ (Deal and Kennedy, 1983). It emphasises goal-orientation (beliefs, values, purposes) as well as the action (customs, habits, ways of behaving) which is caused and sustained by normative pressure (group agreement on goals and actions). Despite all that has been said and written about ‘culture’ in the past two decades, there is still a tendency to neglect values and the beliefs which underpin them and to focus instead upon behaviour. Yet to do this is to weaken the concept in two respects. First, it ignores the most fundamental attribute of school cultures, that is that they are ...

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