Educational Culture In Educational Leadership

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Chapter One Introduction Overview Culture is an important component when studying a group of people. The idea of culture creates a mental image of how people interact with each other in communities of varying sizes. For educational leaders, throughout the decision-making process, working within the culture of an institution is an important asset for him or her to use with internal and external stakeholders. Craven (1975) infers that in order to make a good decision an educational leader must be in “pursuit of organizational and/or personal goals and objectives” (p. 127). The process of recognizing, respecting, and utilizing the culture of an institution will be a prominent theme of traits and behaviors for effective educational leaders and the decisions they will make throughout their decision-making role. Summary The presences of positive traits and behaviors of educational leaders throughout the decision-making process is an important indicator of how an institution will flourish. The ability of an educational leader to determine and utilize the culture of an institution is a proactive method of leadership, as it takes into consideration the social and professional norms of an institution and its individuals. Chapter Two Review of the Literature Introduction Overview Many times our first thoughts regarding educational leadership are turned to our first experiences as a child. For most, this individual is the school principal. Teachers and students may have a skewed view of this authority figure. He or she is often the focal point of decision-making and discipline. The principal is the singular driving force that combines teachers with their colleagues and students with their teachers and peers (Goldring, 2... ... middle of paper ... ... central theme is indicative of a well-informed and shared system of educational leadership, which is discussed by Ramey (2004): “If the teachers know that [the administrator is] accessible, and around, they will feel comfortable asking questions and getting clarification before an issue festers into a larger problem” (p. 30). A culture that empowers members of an institution to work together will address many important instructional and institutional issues that are often unaddressed until after a degree of catastrophe has been reached. Summary The culture of educational institutions—K-12 or higher education— plays an instrumental role in the way that each institution functions. Educational leaders must be able to take charge and utilize this culture as part of their day-to-day routine when interacting with internal or external stakeholders to achieve success.
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