ERIC Number: ED454131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Architects of Catholic Culture: Designing and Building Catholic Culture in Catholic Schools. The NCEA Catholic Educational Leadership Monograph Series.
Cook, Timothy J.
Today's Catholic educational leaders are engaged in a building program, not unlike that of the Catholic religious leaders in the early- to mid-20th century who initiated and oversaw the building of scores of schools, hospitals, and other Catholic institutions. The goal for today's Catholic educational leaders is to design and build Catholic culture. This 10-chapter monograph focuses on Catholic culture. Chapter 1 considers the concept of culture from its definition to its theoretical background and practical application in a variety of settings. Chapter 2 focuses on organizational culture as it applies to Catholic schools. Chapters 3 through 9 describe seven different "building blocks" of cultural architecture: core beliefs and values, heroes and heroines, symbols, ritual tradition, human communication, history, and cultural players. The first part of each chapter applies the "building blocks" introduced in Chapter 1 to Catholic schools. The second part of each chapter offers a "building plan" that Catholic educational leaders might consider applying in their setting. Chapter 10 includes a summary and conclusions, principles, and propositions that challenge Catholic educational leaders to consider in their role as architects of Catholic culture. The monograph's aim is to stimulate further reflection on the concept of Catholic identity and the building of Catholic culture so that the laity who serve as Catholic educational leaders will better understand the cultural dimension of their leadership responsibility. (Contains a 10-page reference list.) (BT)
Descriptors: Catholic Educators, Catholic Schools, Catholics, Cultural Context, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Private Schools, Religious Education, School Culture, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.