Teacher Collaboration: When Belief Systems Collide
It's impossible to explore how we can work more effectively together in schools without considering conflict -- an inevitable part of working together. Conflict can be challenging and destructive, or it can lead to a deeper understanding between people, and perhaps higher quality work from a team. There are many reasons why conflict can exist within a school or a team of educators. 6 Belief Systems In his book, Cognitive Coaching, Robert Garmston (with co-author Arthur Costa) identifies six predominant ideologies that influence educators' decision-making: Religious Orthodoxy: This ideology aims to teach the habits and values that will lead to that religion's realization of how life ought to be lived in accordance with that faith. You, Your Principal, and Your Colleagues After reading these descriptions, go back and rank them according to your personal priorities and belief systems. Let me be clear about one thing -- it's not "bad" for a staff to hold different ideological positions.
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