ERIC Number: ED215426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Middle School Organization, Teacher Job Satisfaction, and School Climate.
Ashton, Patricia; And Others
The attitudes of middle and junior high school teachers toward their job and school climate are compared in this study. Twenty-nine teachers from a school having a modern middle school orientation (multi-age grouping, exploratory curriculum, and an interdisciplinary team organization) were compared with twenty teachers from a departmentally organized junior high school. The teachers completed a number of instruments that measured the stress and satisfaction they felt about teaching, student intergroup conflict, colleague relationships, and various aspects of teacher-student relationships. Statistical measures used to analyze the data included chi-square, coefficient alpha, and one-way analysis of variance. The differences in teacher stress and student intergroup conflict at the schools were not significant. However, junior high teachers had better colleague relations. Other findings showed that the middle school teachers, compared to junior high teachers, considered teaching to be more important to them; were more satisfied with teaching and were more likely to choose teaching as a career again; had higher expectations of academic success for their students; were more concerned with their students' affective development; and, finally, reported greater satisfaction in teaching. (MLF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Institutional Characteristics, Intergroup Relations, Intermediate Grades, Interpersonal Relationship, Job Satisfaction, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, School Organization, Stress Variables, Student Attitudes, Student Teacher Relationship, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
Not available separately; see EA 014 544.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Fairborn, OH.
Note: Paper included in "Middle School Research. Selected Studies 1981" (EA 014 544). For related documents, see EA 014 544-554.