ERIC Number: ED214299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Factors Influencing School Effectiveness: An Ecological Analysis of an "Effective" School.
A case study of an effective, predominantly black, public elementary school in an eastern inner-city area, aimed to identify and define factors that relate to school effectiveness. The analytical method used, drawn from ecological psychology, emphasizes observing natural behavior in its normal environment and noting the links between the person and the environment. Information came from 35 structured interviews with students, administrators, educators, and parents and from behavioral observation in offices, classrooms, and other school areas. Data were gathered on interactions relating to leadership, instruction, expectations, school climate, evaluation, and parental involvement. The research results indicate that strong leadership from the principal was the most crucial factor in the school's effectiveness, especially as exhibited in the principal's impact on school climate, expectations, academic standards, and parent-school relations. A copy of the interview questionnaire is appended. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ecological Psychology; School Effectiveness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982). Not available in paper copy due to small print of original document.