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Do school leaders govern by the school culture or are they governed by it?
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6530-3019
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9026-6640
2004 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Headmasters are supposed to govern his/her schools towards the curriculum goals. Teachers are involved in different kind of activities, however, not always necessarily in accordance with the official goals. To govern schools may be seen as a continuous attempt to master this situation. A part of the fight is built on what kind of values, norms and ideas that dominates. Accordingly, meetings also contain important aspects of an organisation’s culture and shows, for example, to what degree the actors share the same patterns of explanation that creates and recreates meaning. The organisation culture may be seen as the “putty” that ties the organisation together. In practice the organisation culture has been supposed to be possible to manipulate in a quite instrumental way and hence to influence the activities that take place at school. The problem to govern in that way seems to be that organisation culture is more of a holistic phenomenon than instrumental. From this point of view we will discuss some aspects of the following question:

- Is it possible for headmasters to use organisation culture to govern schools, or is it the frame within they must restrict their actions?

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004.
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Pedagogy
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Education and Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-10293OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-10293DiVA, id: diva2:540179
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ENIRDEM conference in Helsinki, Finland. 23 – 26 of September 2004.
Available from: 2012-07-08 Created: 2012-07-08 Last updated: 2016-03-21Bibliographically approved

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