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En levande skola: En fallstudie av organisationskultur i relation till socialt arbete i en svensk högstadieskola
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
A living school : A case study of organizational culture in relation to social work in a Swedish upper level secondary school (English)
Abstract [en]

This study is a qualitative case study of organizational culture, as percieved by school personnel in relation to the school’s work with social goals. Six participants from a swedish upper secondary school – ranging from teachers to school counselor, were interviewed about their backgrounds, their experiences within the school and their views on values education. These interviews were subjected to qualitative content analysis where four themes emerged from codes and categories. The themes were: Staff Ideals, Stress Time & Priorities, Live-apart Culture, and Hidden Curriculum. The themes describe how the individual habitus’ of staff members meets the organizational culture of the school, where groups and individuals enter into social conflict with each other to forward their own point of view over work procedures and the organizational culture of the school. The result is indicative of how a burdened leadership structure combined with mostly selfgoverning work teams can result in a weak school cohesion, hampering work with social goals as well as resulting in a level of organizational inertia. This is connected to elements of a live-apart culture, where personnel mostly tend to their own “territories”. From this, the school climate is described as ranging from good to “so-so” by participants, with the risk of social problems hidden amongst students.

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2018. , p. 48
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-149413OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-149413DiVA, id: diva2:1221731
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