ERIC Number: ED405641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Schools as Communities. ERIC Digest, Number 111.
Royal, Mark A.; Rossi, Robert J.
A good deal of evidence now suggests that a strong sense of community in schools has benefits for both staff members and students, while providing a necessary foundation for school improvement. This digest provides an overview of the literature on schools as communities. The digest identifies the elements of community schools, the effects of school community on staff members and students, the structural and organizational factors of community in schools, and the relationship of community to other improvement activities. The digest views a school community as having open communication, widespread participation, a prevalence of teamwork, and diversity that is incorporated. Development of a healthy sense of community may be necessary for the long-term success of school-improvement activities. (Contains 10 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Organizational Climate, Public Schools, School Culture, School Organization
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207 (free; $2.50 postage and handling).
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.