ERIC Number: ED209743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Lindelow, John; Mazzarella, Jo Ann
Chapter 7 of a volume on school leadership, this chapter defines, describes, and suggests ways to improve climate at the school building level. After citing a number of definitions of school climate, the authors conclude that school climate is the feel an individual gets from experiences within a school system, or the global summation of the individual's perceptions of how personnel and students behave and interact. Beginning with the "Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire," the authors discuss several climate assessment instruments to be used as a first step in a climate improvement program. Research linking school climate to student achievement, behavior, and attitudes is cited, leading to the conclusion that improving school climate is worthwhile. How to improve school climate is the focus of the next section, with an emphasis on the role of the principal and on the necessity of changing the norms in the school through techniques such as organizational development. Many practical suggestions are cited, together with the deduction that almost any approach to improve school climate undertaken with energy and optimism can be successful in improving morale, communication, and relationships with staff, students, and community. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Role, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Improvement Programs, Measurement Techniques, Norms, Principals
Not available separately; see EA 014 193.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers: Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire
Note: Chapter 7 of "School Leadership: Handbook for Survival" (EA 014 193). For related documents, see EA 014 193-204 and ED 189 680.