Essay on Demonstrating a Conceptual Understanding of School Culture

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“Students will be nurtured in a safe, caring environment that challenges them to shoot for the stars”.
“He tini nga whetu, e ngaro I te kapua iti”
There are many stars; a small cloud cannot conceal them.
(Wanganui City College, 2010)

Learning a culture is involved and extremely intricate as each school is unique and the schools student populace being unique. Culture as we understand relates to relationships, traditions, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. So why is culture an important aspect with regards to schools, and how can cultures affect the schools running?
Aspects of a school culture can vary in terms of definition. Deal (1990) states he prefers definitions of culture to ‘the way we do things around here’. Indeed this
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However with all this in mind how does the culture of the school reflect upon with regards to the classroom culture?
Marsh goes on to saying “School cultures are always evolving and never static. They can be misused by leaders for their own ends. A school culture can be well integrated in terms of philosophy and mission, or it can be disjointed. Marsh, C. (2000). Cavanagh & Dellar (1998) refer to the culture of individual classrooms which may not reflect the over all culture of the school”.
To substantiate some of Cavanagh & Dellar’s research with regards to class management, Tye discusses the fact that “The standard high school classroom is not large enough for 30 students”. (Tye, 1989). Secondly desks are often row by row, and this does not allow the student to interact with one another in groups discussions, yet did the teacher even think about arranging the class desks in such away so all students could interact.
Further education has a psychological and a sociological side to it, these to sides work hand in hand and neither one can be ruled out. The sociological side is the knowledge the student has already so this is the base point he works from, therefore the child can partially carry on of his own initiative independent of the educator. To the child education can cause pressure, so without insight in to the psychological side education becomes unplanned and based on a whim, all this can affect the

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