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Investigating Specialist School Ethos…Or Do You Mean Culture?

Solvason, Carla ORCID: (2005) Investigating Specialist School Ethos…Or Do You Mean Culture? Educational Studies, 31 (1). pp. 85-95. ISSN Print: 0305-5698 Online: 1465-8400

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This paper explores the concept of ethos as a facet of the government’s rapidly growing initiative of the ‘specialist school’. Schools accepted on to the scheme are expected to create a new identity, or ethos: but what exactly is meant by that rather nebulous term? And, in reality, is something as all‐consuming as a school ethos, or culture, something that a school can readily conjure up? This discussion, one facet of the author’s case study of a Specialist Sports College, explores the concept of school cultures, but also gives consideration to areas such as conflicting and ‘toxic’ cultures, and to the possibility that changing a school’s culture can have negative as well as positive effects.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: collaboration, culture, ethos, specialist schools
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
Depositing User: Carla Solvason
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2012 09:50
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:58

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