Organizational memory in high schools : a case study

Sutherland, Peter G. (2001) Organizational memory in high schools : a case study. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The site for this qualitative case study was a high school in western Newfoundland and Labrador. The high school was created in 1998 when the school board reorganized the schools in our town to permit more efficient utilization of school facilities The teaching staff for our high school was drawn from three local high schools as well as from other pans of the school board and province When our high school opened its doors in September 1998 it was considered to be a new school. -- The purpose of my case study was to discover the essence of our school's culture and organizational memory, the shared basic assumptions of the teaching staff. The data gathered from open-ended interviews, observations, participant journals, and school artifacts led me to identify eight shared basic assumptions and identify the major components of our school's organizational memory. My research led me to conclude that our school’s organizational memory is deeply rooted in the experiences of those teachers who taught in the same school building prior to 1998 when it was a large denominational high school in our town. -- In chapter five I make recommendations intended to address the major issues identified by the participants in the case study. The issues identified are weaknesses which need to be addressed if our school is to progress and establish a unique identity based on a stronger sense of community and purpose.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1085
Item ID: 1085
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 133-138
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2001
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Organizational change--Newfoundland and Labrador; Organizational behavior--Newfoundland and Labrador; Educational change--Newfoundland and Labrador

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