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ERIC Number: EJ787887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 111
ISSN: ISSN-0013-161X
Organizational Learning Mechanisms: The Meaning, Measure, and Implications for School Improvement
Schechter, Chen
Educational Administration Quarterly, v44 n2 p155-186 2008
Purpose: In light of the excessively broad conceptions and nonobservable terms generally characterizing discussions of organizational learning, this study explores the notion of organizational learning in schools through the conceptual framework of organizational learning mechanisms (OLM) and develops a measure of OLM at the elementary school level. Research Design: Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of items are conducted to examine factorial validity. To test the criterion-related validity, the OLM scale is correlated to other established constructs. Findings: Based on information processing (management science perspective), the four-factor model of OLM in elementary schools is the best fit between the empirical results and the conceptual formulation. The four-factor model includes the following subscales: analyzing information, storing--retrieving--putting to use of information, receiving--disseminating information, and seeking information. Implications: This study strengthens the feasibility of the OLM framework, based on information processing, to provide a concrete description of organizational learning processes in schools. Using this instrument, schools can assess their own learning cycle, gauging their readiness and increasing their preparation for becoming learning organizations. This study may encourage researchers to explore whether OLM can serve as mediating variable between the system level and the classroom level. (Contains 1 figure and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel