The work of educational leaders is mainly about enhancing the skills and knowledge of the people in the organization. One way leaders can accomplish this task is to create a widespread culture that accepts the use of those skills and knowledge. The culture within the environment of an educational institution is extremely important for effecting change. What can an educational administrator do to affect the culture for change in an educational institution?
Educational administrators play a variety of roles including:
administrator as an entrepreneur
administrator as an organizer
administrator as an instructional leader
In each of these roles, what can an educational administrator focus on to affect cultural change in their organization?
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First of all, as you briefly explore what can an educational administrator do to likely affect the culture for change in an educational institution, communication is a vital action indeed. One article sheds some educational light:
Kowalski, T. J. (2000). Cultural Change Paradigms and Administrator Communication. Contemporary Education, 71(2), 5.
Kowalski strongly maintains that "cultural change will not occur unless those leading the process possess necessary communication knowledge and skills." Thus, an educational administrator must facilitate and encourage open discussions on a regular basis to ignite change. According to the article, communication is extremely vital since it "gives rise to culture, which gives rise to communication, which perpetuates culture" (p. 153). In this vein, communication is a process through which organizational members express their collective inclination to coordinate beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes in schools, communication gives meaning to work and forges perceptions of reality. As such, culture affects communication, but communication also is central to building, maintaining, and changing culture." This article is great for the cultural implications.
Similarly, the author further emphasizes how "Indeed, students preparing to be principals and superintendents commonly study organizational theories, including those relating to culture. But far less recognized is the need for them to study communication."
Likewise, feedback is another area where they must focus in order to greatly instigate cultural changes. The author firmly asserts that "It is equally important for contemporary practitioners to understand why they should take into account the critical importance of feedback and focus on reciprocal information exchanges when pursuing school restructuring (Harris, 1993)."
Within the article, the author also presents five themes are further recommended for educational administrators to target as well:
• "Relationship with the environment (Who is served by ...
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