How principals are cultivating sustainable school cultures within Christian schools during changing times

Iselin, Darren (2010). How principals are cultivating sustainable school cultures within Christian schools during changing times PhD Thesis, School of Education, The University of Queensland.

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Author Iselin, Darren
Thesis Title How principals are cultivating sustainable school cultures within Christian schools during changing times
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How Principals are Cultivating Sustainable School Cultures Within Christian Schools During Changing Times
School, Centre or Institute School of Education
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010-08
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Open Access Status Other
Supervisor Neil Cranston
Kim Nichols
Total pages 276
Total colour pages 74
Total black and white pages 202
Subjects 13 Education
Abstract/Summary This study has analysed and investigated how sustainable school cultures can be cultivated and perpetuated during changing times. The inquiry was positioned within the contextually bounded system of Christian schools which, according to the literature, have historically struggled to maintain core ideology and distinctiveness beyond the consolidation phase of cultural development. The study was grounded upon interpretivist assumptions and was framed within a qualitative paradigm of inquiry that utilised a multiple case study design to investigate how six principals within Christian schools in Queensland were seeking to cultivate sustainable school cultures that preserved core ideology whilst responding to change imperatives within an ever-increasingly complex and market driven socio-cultural milieu. The research findings revealed a model for cultivating sustainable Christian school cultures that incorporated four distinct yet interrelated processual fields of cultural meaning-making within a task-relationship/ tradition-innovation continuum. This model conceptualised the capacity building imperatives for sustainable Christian school cultures within the deeply contextualised settings of each school site and revealed process orientated emphases for building sustainable culture capacities. These process orientations provided fields of cultural meaning-making within which core ideology, expressed as social and cultural practices, within site-specific settings, could be sustained and perpetuated during each phase of a Christian school‟s cultural development. It is hoped that the findings of this study may assist principals and leaders from Christian, non-government and government sectors regarding a possible range of guiding principles, processes and practices that may enhance the cultivation of sustainable school cultures within their contextually bounded settings. It is also anticipated that the outcomes and recommendations of this study may assist leaders of other educational organisations and institutions, including universities and tertiary colleges, who are similarly desiring to cultivate sustainable cultures within changing times.
Keyword School culture
Educational leadership
organisational theory
leading schools
sustainable cultures
organisational culture
Christian schools
School improvement

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