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Title: School culture : exploring a concept
Author: Das, Sharmistha
ISNI:       0000 0001 3405 2552
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2006
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The study explored the concept of school culture and how it affects learning environments in schools. Following a review of previous research, the constituent factors of school culture were identified under the categories of historical, behavioural and organisational, the connotations of which depend on the values we impose upon them. These values not only influence our understanding of the factors but also determine how we deal with the constant shaping and re-shaping of processes of culture. Therefore, comprehending such a complex pattern becomes an essential and challenging task for the entire school community, including the pupils, teachers, non-teaching members of staff and school leaders. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, the concept was further investigated in four primary schools in Scotland, with differing socio-economic backgrounds and sizes. Based within the constructivist paradigm, a 'grounded theory' approach was adopted to gathering data for these in-depth case studies. In particular, the following techniques were used: interviews -- with the members of staff; focus group activities -- for the pupils; observations -- in the classrooms; researcher's log; and school documents. Thus the concept of school culture was de-constructed from various theoretical perspectives, gradually leading to a process of re-construction through the course of empirical data analysis. Data were analysed at two levels: 'context specific' findings from individual case studies, and a cross-case data analysis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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