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ECM705 - School Cultures and Contexts

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Shaun Rawolle





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Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit explores the idea of culture as it applies to schools. Schools are argued to construct their cultures out of the varied cultures of those that work in them and the communities and organisations that surround them. The origins of the idea of school culture are discussed, as is the relationship between school culture and school effectiveness. The multiplicity of cultures that exist within schools are examined as are the influences of gender, race and class. Finally a case study of the interactions of internal and external, local and global, community and policy contexts of schools' cultures is examined.


There are two essays required, 50% and 3000 words each:

The first essay deals with the relationship between school culture, school effectiveness and school improvement

The second requires either an analysis of Thomson's Schooling the Rustbelt Kids or a description of a school's culture using a sub-culture perspective

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