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ERIC Number: ED443144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
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Pulling Together or Apart: Factors Influencing a School's Ability To Learn.
Sheppard, Bruce; Brown, Jean
This paper focuses on a case study of an alternative school for young offenders. It describes the efforts of organizational members to bring about improvement by facilitating organizational learning. The case study builds on current research related to organizational learning and team leadership in educational settings and attempts to answer the following questions: (1) What processes and factors influence organizational learning? and (2) How does a leadership approach influence organizational learning? The paper reports the findings of a 2-year case study of an alternative school that houses 30-35 students between the ages of 12-16 years. Data sources consist of interviews, surveys, document analysis, field notes, and feedback from members of a leadership team. Results point out several factors that facilitate organizational learning, the strongest of which is the existence of an organizational learning leadership (OLL) team whose primary function is to promote organizational learning. The research also demonstrates the difficulty of changing the existing culture of leadership at the school. The alternative school learned through positive factors such as the OLL team, action research, individual learning, and distributed leadership. (Contains 38 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada