School Culture Analysis Essay

1639 Words Nov 12th, 2012 7 Pages

School Culture Analysis
Lisa Mack
Grand Canyon University
EDA 529
Dr. Tony Elmer
July 21, 2009

School Culture Analysis The term school culture describes the environment that affects the behavior of the entire school community. School culture can be defined as the quality and character of school life. It is based on patterns of school life experiences and reflects norms, goals, values, relationships, teaching, leadership practices and the structure of the organization. Several studies have concurred that student performance is directly related to school climate. Students in schools with a positive school culture have higher achievements. Therefore, creating and
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There are also indirect methods to measure school climate, such as disciplinary and attendance records, standardized test scores, and staff interviews (Marshall, n.d.). Each of these indirect data methods can reveal different aspects of the current school culture. When considered together, it can assist in devising strategies to building a positive school culture (The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement [CSRI], 2009). Creating a positive school culture takes the work and commitment of all school stakeholders. Assessing data and reviewing surveys requires open communication in which everyone involved is valued and decisions are made collaboratively (CSRI). A school culture of distrust, chaos, or disrespect inhibits student and staff motivation and may limit the degree to which students are successful (CSRI). Likewise, a positive school culture is viewed as the groundwork of safety, pride, respect, trust and motivation on which a school can build an organization of high academic achievement (CSRI). School culture can be improved by implementing strategic interventions that will enhance the overall educational experience. Some examples of these interventions are: increased parent involvement; implementation of character education; peer mediation; anti bullying campaigns; treating students fairly, equitably, and with respect; and providing a safe environment (Marshall, n.d.). Characteristics of a

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