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Title: Governance and ethos : case studies from the primary school sector in Northern Ireland.
Author: Donnelly, Caitlin.
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 1998
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This thesis is a study of the relationship between school governance and school ethos in three primary schools of different management type in Northern Ireland (NI). It is primarily interested in the perceptions and experiences of governors and head teachers after the 1989 Education Reform (Northern Ireland) Order. A case study approach has been adopted which involved strategy has been employed, incorporating non-participant observation and semi-structured interviews. The t will be shown that ethos varies with school type and influences the operation of school boards of governors. Chapter One traces the historical developments which have led to the present education system in Northern Ireland. It also analyses the implications of the recent Education Reform (NI) Order 1989 for school governing bodies. Chapter Two contains a discussion of the religious and cultural differences which exist between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland and considers the extent to which these differences are reflected within the school system. The theoretical literature on culture, presented in Chapter Three, provides a conceptual framework around which the study is based. Whilst Chapter Four analyses the methodological issues raised in a qualitative study of this nature, Chapter Five presents an account of the actual research techniques employed. The evidence from the three case study sites is presented in Chapters Seven to Ten. In Chapter Eleven the conclusions to the thesis are presented where a new definition of ethos, based upon the evidence from each of the schools, is proposed. It is shown that the three schools 'studied, each representing a different management type, embody a particular and unique ethos which in tum affects the ways in which new policy and legislation is interpreted and implemented.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Education & training