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ERIC Number: ED002897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962-Jul
Pages: 199
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THE ORGANIZATIONAL CLIMATE OF SCHOOLS.
CROFT, DON B.; HALPIN, ANDREW W.
A COMPREHENSIVE QUESTIONNAIRE WAS DEVELOPED, ANALYZED, AND TESTED TO BE USED FOR PORTRAYING THE "ORGANIZATIONAL CLIMATE" OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IT WAS STATED FIGURATIVELY THAT PERSONALITY IS TO THE INDIVIDUAL AS "CLIMATE" IS TO THE ORGANIZATION. OVER 70 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WERE CHOSEN FROM VARIOUS REGIONS OF THE UNITED STATES TO REPRESENT THE PROJECT SAMPLE. THE QUESTIONNAIRE WAS ADMINISTERED TO THE FACULTY OF EACH SCHOOL IN 30-MINUTE GROUP SESSIONS. QUESTIONNAIRE ITEMS WERE ASSIGNED TO EIGHT SUBJECTS WHICH WERE DELINEATED BY FACTOR-ANALYTIC METHODS. THE FIRST FOUR PERTAINED PRIMARILY TO THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FACULTY GROUPS--(1) DISENGAGEMENT, (2) HINDRANCE, (3) ESPRIT, AND (4) INTIMACY. THE OTHER FOUR CHARACTERIZED THE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AS LEADERS--(1) ALOOFNESS, (2) PRODUCTION EMPHASIS, (3) THRUST, AND (4) CONSIDERATION. THE RESULTS OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE WERE ANALYZED, AND IT WAS FOUND THAT SIX SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONAL CLIMATES COULD BE IDENTIFIED, RANKED ON A CONTINUUM DEFINED AT ONE END AS OPEN, AT THE OTHER, AS CLOSED. THE SUBJECT SCHOOLS WERE CLASSIFIED WITHIN THE SIX CLIMATES BECAUSE THE PROJECT WAS A FEASIBILITY STUDY BY NATURE, IMPLICATIONS WERE PROVIDED AND NINE TYPES OF ADDITIONAL RESEARCH STUDIES WERE PROPOSED TO SUBSTANTIATE THOROUGHLY THE USE OF THIS QUESTIONNAIRE TECHNIQUE WITHIN THE REALM OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO.; Utah Univ., Salt Lake City.
Identifiers: MISSOURI; Missouri (Saint Louis); UTAH; Utah (Salt Lake City)