Lideranças e cultura colaborativa

  • Maria José Andrade Machado Fernandes (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The theme of this dissertation fits the Administration and School Organization area, focusing on the problem of school’s cooperative culture promoted by leadership. The first part of the essay presents the various conceptions of the cooperative culture and its implications in the definition of the school’s organizational image. In these studies, it is analyzed a dimension of teachers’ relational work , facing teachers’ professional isolation as a social phenomenon which remains in schools despite many people’s efforts to change this situation. It also identifies the good practices of cooperative work and the way these, and their influence in the school’s organization, can set the difference. The school’s need to face the changes demanded by the educational reforms forces the leadership to be aware of what those changes mean, of what is demanded, whether it is feasible and desirable. Furthermore, it is essential to reflect on the way to assure the sustainability and durability of the school management’s actions. The second part describes, through a study case, the way in which the pedagogical coordination team perceives and exerts leadership so as to promote the cooperative work. In what methodology is concerned, and to answer the formulated questions, an empirical study was drawn, turning to the interpretation of the base documents which rule the school’s organizational dynamic, the observation protocol and the analysis of the interviews’ contents done to the pedagogical coordination team. The analysis of the obtained data suggests that only the promotion of holistic leadership will allow the settlement of a cooperative work.
Date of Award2012
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorVictor Alaíz (Supervisor)


  • Mestrado em Ciências da Educação

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