Collective trust: why schools can’t improve without it

| April 21, 2011

Title: Collective trust: why schools can’t improve without it

Author: Forsyth, Patrick B. , Curt M. Adams and Wayne K. Hoy

Publisher: Teachers College Press

Call No.: LA217.2 .F66 2011

From the Publisher:

The culmination of nearly three decades of research, Collective Trust offers new insight and practical knowledge on the social construction of trust for school improvement. The authors argue that “collective trust” is not merely an average trust score for a group, but rather an independent concept with distinctive origins and consequences. The book demonstrates that schools are organizations that require environments characterized by high levels of collective trust to be effective. Including an historical overview, an exhaustive review of the empirical research, and implications for school reform policy and leadership, this is the most comprehensive resource to date on the issue of collective trust.

Essential reading for anyone wishing to plan and implement long-term plans for school improvement, this book:

  • Presents a theoretical framework and a set of reliable and valid measures to study collective trust.
  • Offers important guidelines for education policy and leadership practice.
  • Advances a social and capacity-based approach to school improvement.
  • Provides practitioners with a set of tools to evaluate the trust culture of their schools.

About the Authors:

Patrick B. Forsyth and Curt M. Adams are professors of educational leadership and policy at the University of Oklahoma and research scientists with the Oklahoma Center for Educational Policy. Wayne K. Koy is the Fawcett Chair in Educational Administration at The Ohio State University.