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From Experiences to Themes: Phenomenology on the School’s Culture Contributing to Excellence

Zarren Aleta Gaddi

Abstract


“Excellence is a habit” according to the Greek Philosopher Aristotle. The substance that fuels every school on becoming responsive is excellence; therefore to understand the experience of every individual and stakeholders of the school is necessary to determine what contributes to excellence. As one of the most influential social institutions, the school is a place of excellence where every faculty, staff, personnel and other stakeholders partake in the goal of living excellence by applying it in all aspects of their jobs, roles and responsibilities. Since its establishment in 1963, the San Felipe Neri Parochial School have proven its educational legacy as a “center of excellence that fulfills the church mission of integrating quality education and evangelization”. Phenomenology (Manen, 2011) will allow human experiences to form constellations of themes from which meaning will come forth.


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