TITLE

Exploring the Role of the Principal in Creating a Functional School Culture

AUTHOR(S)
Bipath, Keshni
PUB. DATE
September 2012
SOURCE
International Journal of Humanities & Social Science;Sep2012, Vol. 2 Issue 17, p203
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article contributes to ongoing attempts to identify predictors for creating a functional school culture in South Africa and explores the role of the principal in creating such a culture. A review of the literature reveals a trend towards recognising the importance of a leader in determining the functional culture of an organisation. Much has been written about the importance of culture and school improvement, but relatively little has been explored regarding the 'primary embedding mechanisms' and 'secondary reinforcing mechanisms' (Schein, 2004) which are essential aspects in the role of the principal in creating a functional school culture. I examine the predictors of a functional school through the theoretical lens of Schein's theory of organisational culture (2004). Thereafter, we report on a qualitative study in two schools in a rural area, which examined the importance of the role of the principal in culture creation in functional schools.
ACCESSION #
79728700

 

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