Keeping the charism alive in Dominican secondary schools

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Doctor of Philosophy in Education Major in Educational Leadership and Management

Subject Categories

Educational Leadership


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Educational Leadership and Management

Thesis Adviser

Roberto T. Borromeo

Defense Panel Chair

Teresa P. Yasa

Defense Panel Member

Ricardo P. Laguda
Maricar S. Prudente
Caroline Joy R. Luz


This is a qualitative study aimed to develop a model of Keeping the Charism Alive in Dominican Secondary Schools based on the approach proposed by Eisenhardt for building theories from case study research. Basically, the study determined the approaches in keeping the Dominican charism alive in secondary schools, the essential conditions that must be in place and the blockers that may impede the successful keeping of the this charism in Dominican secondary schools. Seventy-nine participants that include the Superintendents of the three Religious Institutes and the School Heads, Principals, Vice Principals, Coordinators, Academic Team Leaders and selected Faculty of Dominican secondary schools were covered in the study chosen through theoretical sampling. The main vehicles used in data gathering were semistructured interviews, focus group discussion, document analysis and direct observations. The study utilized three cases that necessitated with-in case and cross-case analysis. As part of the analysis the open coding, axial coding and selective coding were used. The used of multi-cases necessitated the use of the with-in case and cross-case analysis. The concepts, categories and propositions of keeping the Dominican charism alive derived from withincase analysis were compared by selecting additional cases to generalize patterns across case. The iterative processes of with-in case and cross case analysis continued until theoretical saturation which was reached at Case 3. The propositions derived from the three cases were sorted, organized and formed into a cohesive whole the result of which is the model of keeping the Charism alive in Dominican Secondary Schools that was developed in the study. The main components of the model include the approaches and essential conditions in keeping the Charism alive in Dominican Secondary Schools. The three approaches include:(1) articulating the charism in the vision mission statement, core values and graduate attributes, (2) building the charism in the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, and (3) actualizing the charism in the academic program, policies and processes, and in the workplace. The essential conditions that must be in place in keeping the Charism alive in Dominican secondary schools are: (1) clear understanding and ownership of the charism, (2) active involvement of the founding Institute, (3) strong and competent leadership, (4) positive school climate, and (5) sustainable formation programs. The model is a concrete response to the challenge embodied in the documents of the Second Vatican Council of being faithful to the spirit of the founder for those in the education ministry. Likewise, the model can be used as a resource material in decisionmaking, curriculum development, strategic planning, formation program, and formulation of policies to keep the charism and spirit of the Founder and the founding Institutes alive in the school.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

ix, 226 leaves, 28 cm.


Gifts, Spiritual; Dominicans—Missions; Education, Secondary

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