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ERIC Number: ED452588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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What Characteristics and Processes Define a School as a Learning Organisation? Is This a Useful Concept To Apply to Schools?
Silins, Halia; Zarins, Silja; Mulford, Bill
The concept of secondary schools as learning organizations is being examined as part of a research project involving South Australian and Tasmanian secondary schools. The authors defined learning organizations as schools that: employ processes of environmental scanning; develop shared goals; establish collaborative teaching and learning environments; encourage initiatives and risk taking; regularly review all aspects related to and influencing the work of the school; recognize and reinforce good work; and, provide opportunities for continuing professional development. A survey of 2,000 teachers and principals was conducted using items representing these 7 dimensions. This observed data was analyzed and a confirmatory factor analysis procedure using LISREL (structural equation modelling software) was employed to test the measurement models generated. Discussion of these results clarifies the characteristics and processes recognized as existing in secondary schools that relate to the reconceptualization of schools as learning organizations and addresses the usefulness of this approach. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/TEJ)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia