Thursday, July 26, 2012

Traits of Highly Effective Schools: #4

Elaine K. McEwan writes a book about the qualities and unique characteristics of school that help students get the "Best Education Possible". Each chapter offers research-based trait and examines its impact on student achievement. Trait # 4 is Relational Trust.

Relational Trust is the basis for positive relationships in the school community.  Some refer to it as the glue that holds a school together.  Bryk and Schneider (2002), described rational trust as a construct compose of four concepts: (1) respect, (2) competence, (3) personal regard, and (4) integrity.

Respect - is the deference someone shows to others without regard for their political position, wealth, job role, or power.

Competence - is the ability to do something in a superior way, for example, the ability to teach previously low-achieving students and bring them to mastery.

Personal Regard - is the presence of positive feelings toward someone.  When individuals like each other, they enjoy being together.

Integrity - refers to an individual's adherence to certain moral principles and standards.  When they promise to do something, it happens.


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