ERIC Number: ED197025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Relationships Between Community-Demographic Variables and Teacher Perceptions of Organizational Climate.
Smith, Sara Dawn; Smith, William D.
Recent research has suggested that previous assumptions of organizational cohesion in schools might be misleading. That is, contrary to what is commonly believed, (l) principals may be influenced by organizational climate to a greater degree than they influence it; and (2) the external environment may have a strong impact on organizational climate changes. Results of a number of studies suggest that community demographic variables may have an impact on school climate. The study described in this paper was designed to examine characteristics of the school community and staff in relation to variables of the Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire. Community demographic variables considered related to student and teacher ethnicity, teacher age and career longevity in his/her assigned school, school size and pupil costs, average income for school neighborhoods, student absence rates, and mobility rates. It was found that principally within-school demographic variables showed significant relationships with school climate. The results suggest that, except for ethnicity, external environmental variables related to the school community and to the level of funding support have a less direct relationship with school climate than has been assumed. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (11th, Las Cruces, NM, October 15-17, 1980).