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Collegial trust and the organizational context of the teacher workplace: the role of a homogeneous teachability culture

Dimitri Van Maele UGent and Mieke Van Houtte UGent (2011) AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION. 117(4). p.437-464
abstract
This study explores how structural, compositional, and cultural characteristics of the teacher workplace affect an individual teacher’s trust in colleagues. In particular, we investigate whether a homogeneous staff culture facilitates trust among teachers. Multilevel analyses on data of 2,104 teachers across a representative sample of 84 secondary schools in Flanders (Belgium) reveal that collegial trust is fostered when teachers agree on the teachability of the students in school. A mesomediation model demonstrates that the presence of a less homogeneous teachability culture explains the lower levels of collegial trust in socioeconomically disadvantaged schools. Our findings suggest that school leaders should focus on developing similar and positive conceptions among their teachers about students’ teachability, in order to build social capital within the teaching staff to benefit student learning.
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keyword
Teachers, EDUCATIONAL-ATTAINMENT, Organizational Culture, Trust, Social Capital, ETHNICITY, INEQUALITY, CONSEQUENCES, PERCEPTIONS, EXPECTATIONS, GENDER, RACIAL COMPOSITION, ELEMENTARY-SCHOOLS, Homogeneity, Social Composition, STUDENT-ACHIEVEMENT
journal title
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION
volume
117
issue
4
pages
437 - 464
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000292917000001
JCR category
EDUCATION & EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
JCR impact factor
0.744 (2011)
JCR rank
97/203 (2011)
JCR quartile
2 (2011)
ISSN
0195-6744
DOI
10.1086/660754
project
FWO project G.0013.08
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1870273
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1870273
date created
2011-08-08 11:13:11
date last changed
2011-08-11 11:31:54
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  abstract     = {This study explores how structural, compositional, and cultural characteristics of the teacher workplace affect an individual teacher{\textquoteright}s trust in colleagues. In particular, we investigate whether a homogeneous staff culture facilitates trust among teachers. Multilevel analyses on data of 2,104 teachers across a representative sample of 84 secondary schools in Flanders (Belgium) reveal that collegial trust is fostered when teachers agree on the teachability of the students in school. A mesomediation model demonstrates that the presence of a less homogeneous teachability culture explains the lower levels of collegial trust in socioeconomically disadvantaged schools. Our findings suggest that school leaders should focus on developing similar and positive conceptions among their teachers about students{\textquoteright} teachability, in order to build social capital within the teaching staff to benefit student learning.},
  author       = {Van Maele, Dimitri and Van Houtte, Mieke},
  issn         = {0195-6744},
  journal      = {AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION},
  keyword      = {Teachers,EDUCATIONAL-ATTAINMENT,Organizational Culture,Trust,Social Capital,ETHNICITY,INEQUALITY,CONSEQUENCES,PERCEPTIONS,EXPECTATIONS,GENDER,RACIAL COMPOSITION,ELEMENTARY-SCHOOLS,Homogeneity,Social Composition,STUDENT-ACHIEVEMENT},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {437--464},
  title        = {Collegial trust and the organizational context of the teacher workplace: the role of a homogeneous teachability culture},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/660754},
  volume       = {117},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Van Maele, Dimitri, and Mieke Van Houtte. 2011. “Collegial Trust and the Organizational Context of the Teacher Workplace: The Role of a Homogeneous Teachability Culture.” American Journal of Education 117 (4): 437–464.
APA
Van Maele, D., & Van Houtte, M. (2011). Collegial trust and the organizational context of the teacher workplace: the role of a homogeneous teachability culture. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, 117(4), 437–464.
Vancouver
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Van Maele D, Van Houtte M. Collegial trust and the organizational context of the teacher workplace: the role of a homogeneous teachability culture. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION. 2011;117(4):437–64.
MLA
Van Maele, Dimitri, and Mieke Van Houtte. “Collegial Trust and the Organizational Context of the Teacher Workplace: The Role of a Homogeneous Teachability Culture.” AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION 117.4 (2011): 437–464. Print.