Critical dimensions of the caring culture of an urban middle school

Maria Madalena Ferreira, Gerald R. Smith, Kris Bosworth

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The purpose of this study was to examine several operational arenas that functioned as organizational vehicles for the expression of a school's caring culture. Data from interviews with nineteen teachers, four administrators, and eight professional staff members, and participant observations indicated that the principal was a vital force in creating and sustaining a caring culture at this school. In addition to the administration, three other areas of school functioning helped sustain the caring culture at this middle school: mission and goals, curriculum and instruction, and structures. However, although the school's stakeholders had made strides in developing a culture of caring at their school, future efforts needed to focus, especially, on including students and their parents as important contributors to such an endeavor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning
StatePublished - Mar 12 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management


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