ERIC Number: ED375457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Revitalizing and Preserving Cultural Values: A Qualitative Study of Two Secondary Schools.
Harris, Edward L.
This is a report of a study conducted in two diverse school settings: a secular junior high in northeast Texas and a private, Jewish day school (preschool through secondary) in a large southern metropolis. The purpose of the study was to explore and describe the cultures of the two schools and the cultural values imbedded in their respective contexts. A major assumption that influenced the study is that organizations are social constructions. The field research for this study was conducted over a 10-month period, 5 months at Eastwood Middle School and 5 months at Hebrew Academy. Data were gathered through interviews, observations, and documents. This first stage of the study analysis involved "unitizing," or typing field notes and documents on cards. The cards were coded according to context and placed in provisional categories on the basis of "look-alike" characteristics. The next stage consisted of further exploration of the emerging themes. The last stage included the integration of the findings into two narrative reports, which allowed for a holistic description and analysis of each social unit. The study concluded that each school's leadership is uniquely defined within its cultural context. (KDP)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cultural Context, Cultural Education, Cultural Influences, Cultural Maintenance, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Holistic Approach, Intermediate Grades, Jews, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Preschool Education, Religious Education, Religious Factors, School Culture, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Houston, TX, October 27-31, 1993).