ERIC Number: ED479930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The Shaping School Culture Fieldbook. The Jossey-Bass Education Series.
Peterson, Kent D.; Deal, Terrence E.
This guide is designed to help educational leaders reflect on their actions, intentions, and understanding to hone leadership skills as they work to improve their students' learning environment. It provides activities to develop cultural leadership, and deepens and makes concrete the concept of school culture by connecting it to school and student success. Three key processes for shaping cultural ways and traditions underlie the chapters. Leaders must: (1) read the culture; (2) assess the culture; and (3) reinforce or transform the culture. Each chapter begins with a discussion of the features of culture and roles of symbolic leaders. These discussions are often followed by a set of examples to illustrate the ideas. Next, the book provides specific activities that individuals or a team of teachers or other group can use. Some are specifically designed as group activities, with suggestions for how to organize the session. Others are meant to stimulate reflection; they are often posed as questions for the reader. Almost all the activities can be used with groups, in which case the questions can become topics for dialogue or group brainstorming. Ideas of interest are interspersed that provide the reader with additional issues to consider or use with staff. (Contains 12 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, School Administration, School Culture
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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