ERIC Number: ED370198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership for School Culture. ERIC Digest, Number 91.
The concept of school culture offers principals and other leaders a broader framework for understanding problems and relationships within the school. School culture can be defined as the historically transmitted patterns of meaning that include the norms, values, beliefs, and myths understood by members of the school community. Researchers have found that healthy and sound school cultures correlate strongly with increased student achievement and motivation, and with teacher productivity and satisfaction. A vision for creating a healthy school culture should be a collaborative activity among teachers, students, parents, staff, and the principal. The principal's role in changing school culture is to act with care and concern for others, work to develop shared visions of what the school should be, and work on team-building. (Contains 12 references.) (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Role, Beliefs, Change Strategies, Cultural Awareness, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Responsibility, Norms, Principals, School Culture, Student Motivation, Teacher Motivation, Values
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers: Cultural Change; ERIC Digests