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Title: Deconstructing the familiar: Making sense of the complexities of secondary schools as organisations
Authors: Busher, Hugh
First Published: Apr-2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, British Educational Leadership, Management and Admin Society
Citation: Management in Education, 2008, 22 (2), pp. 4-10
Abstract: This paper outlines a conceptual framework for a school as an organisation. In this, there are three core elements: people (including students), power to energise or prevent action, and culture that is constructed by a community’s members to reflect its norms, values and beliefs. However in this construction some people are more influential than others. An organisation’s culture is sometimes called a micro-culture to distinguish it from national or local community cultures. The curriculum, at the core of a school’s purpose and process, is a cultural construction legitimated by the authority of those responsible for a school’s management.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0892020608088798
ISSN: 0892-0206
eISSN: 1741-9883
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. Version of record:
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