ERIC Number: ED420898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
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Chaos Theory Metaphors: A Lens for Viewing the Quality School.
Livingston, Martha J.; Bridges, Joanna B.; Wylie, Virginia L.
The purpose of the study was to describe two outlier schools, portraying their commonalities and differences and utilizing the metaphors of chaos theory in understanding the descriptions and patterns of the two schools. Rather than focusing on individual parts of a school, the study looks at each school as a dynamic system in which individual efforts affect all and where single variations create unpredictable outputs. The findings revealed some recurring patterns in the schools. In both schools, everyone articulated the same school mission, the belief that all children can learn, and that the school was responsible for ensuring that learning takes place. The vision of the schools, their consistency and predictability, was strong enough to influence the behavior of the people both inside the school and within the community. This shared vision showed up at every level because those behaviors were patterned into the school's organizing principles. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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