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Title: A New Dynamics Paradigm for Analysing Structural and Cultural Dynamics in an Educational Organisation
Contributor(s): Kivunja, Charles (author); Power, Anne (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: A plethora of organisational behaviour literature leads to the deduction that structure as the under girding framework of the definition and arrangement of roles and responsibilities in any organisation is important in designing a school, but it is not the only consideration. For school reform to be effective it is essential, not simply to re-structure, but to consciously re-culture the values, beliefs, norms and practices of participants in the school community. Unfortunately, whereas restructuring of schools became a buzz-word in the 1980s, the development of collateral theoretical constructs to help analyse the nature of the structural-cultural dynamics in the organisational life of an educational institution undergoing change appears to have lagged behind. This paper presents a new Dynamics Paradigm designed in a doctoral thesis (Kivunja, 2006) to specifically provide a cognitive lens for examining deeply into the structural and cultural dynamics in an educational institution undergoing major reforms. Starting from a well documented corporate organisational dynamics model (Pace, 2002) the paper details how 16 dynamics core variables derived from 14 secondary schools newly restructured into multi-campus colleges in New South Wales were incorporated in the new Paradigm to provide a versatile mental map which was then used to extend an understanding of the structural-cultural dynamics in the schools.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: AARE 2006 International Education Research Conference: Engaging Pedagogies, Adelaide, Australia, 26th - 30th November, 2006
Source of Publication: AARE 2006 International Education Research Conference Proceedings, p. 1-19
Publisher: AARE: Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1324-9339
Field of Research (FOR): 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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