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ERIC Number: ED337866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
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Humor As a Management Technique: Its Impact on School Culture and Climate.
Williams, Ronny A.; Clouse, R. Wilburn
Ways in which humor is used as an administrative technique are explored in this paper, with a focus on its impact on school culture. Case study methodology is based on interviews with two principals and five staff members at a Tennessee high school. Following a review of transcript excerpts, the principal's use of humor is viewed through four frames--structural, human resource, political, and symbolic. Findings indicate that the use of humor facilitated an informal school climate, increased social bonding (which contributed to increased productivity), conflict resolution, and increased commitment. Humor is identified as an important device for improving administrator/teacher relationships. (31 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tennessee