Academic Catalog

CHLD 54A: DEVELOPING A HEALTHY ORGANIZATIONAL CLIMATE IN EDUCATION

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 1
Hours: 1 lecture per week (12 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of the different dimensions that contribute to a school's work climate.
  • Develop practical strategies for creating an excellent work place climate.

Description

Investigation and analysis of the ten dimensions of organizational climate which help shape the quality of work life for educators. Students will assess the organizational climate of their own education programs and develop specific strategies to create an excellent workplace. Discussion of unique role perspective plays in shaping work attitudes and behavior.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. demonstrate understanding of the different dimensions that contribute to a school's work climate.
B. recognize that perceptions vary depending on a person's role, deeply held values, and previous experiences.
C. collect data to measure and monitor a school's organizational climate.
D. implement practical strategies for creating an excellent workplace climate.
E. discuss the unique and important role that educational leaders play to ensure success.

Course Content

A. Demonstrate understanding of the different dimensions that contribute to a school's work climate
1. Collegiality
2. Professional Growth
3. Supervisor Support
4. Clarity
5. Reward System
6. Decision Making
7. Goal Consensus
8. Task Orientation
9. Physical Setting
10. Innovativeness
B. Recognize that perceptions vary depending on a person's role, deeply held values, and previous experiences
1. Egocentric perspective
2. Allocentric perspective
3. Macro-centric perspective
4. Leader's perspective vs teacher's perspective
C. Collect data to measure and monitor a school's organizational climate
1. Using the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey
D. Implement practical strategies for creating an excellent work place climate
1. Instill norms of continuous improvement
2. Nurture collegial spirit
3. Implement high-impact professional development
4. Reflection and feedback
5. Clarity in policies and procedures
6. New options for rewards and recognition
7. Expand teachers' decision-making influence
8. Strengthen focus on mission and vision
9. Manage and protect time
10. Address adult needs in the physical environment
11. Address opportunities for creativity and innovation
E. Discuss the unique and important role that educational leaders play to ensure success
1. Develop leadership strategies to strengthen the educational program and create and excellent workplace

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

None.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Evaluation methods may include, but are not limited to:
A. Oral presentations
B. Contributions to class discussions
C. Cooperative learning assignments
D. Creative writing
E. Computational work such as student's survey assessments of her own educational program

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion.
B. Group presentations followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Bloom, Paula Jorde, Ann Hentschel, and Jill Bella. A Great Place to Work: Creating a Healthy Organizational Climate. Lake Forrest, Illinois: New Horizons Press, 2010. Text is basis for the course and is the only edition; it remains relevant.

 

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading and study of the text

B. Reaction writing assignments to lecture and activities conducted in class

 

Discipline(s)

Child Development/Early Childhood Education