ERIC Number: ED222513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Analyzing Context/Climate in School Settings--Which Is Which?
Hall, Gene E.; Griffin, Teresa
The basic model of concepts and measures developed for the Principal-Teacher Interaction Study is described. School organizational climate and contextual variables were defined to be consistent with the work of researchers in industrial and military settings. Many of the variables were generic to any type of organization. The model and variables were: PC = f(S, P, PxS, RI). PC represents psychological climate and describes the individuals' perception of his or her organization; S represents the situation; P is for personal characteristics; RI signifies the reciprocal interaction that occurs when the individual's perception of the climate influences S, P, or PxS. A distinction is made between the individual's perception of organizational attributes (PC) and the composite climate, which can be represented by summing the individual PC's. The measure developed to assess the variables was entitled the School Ecology Survey. Items for the survey were drawn from the Organizational Climate Questionnaire, DDAE/CRITERIA, Building Questionnaire, Trouble Shooting Checklist, and School Climate Questionnaire. The authors used the School Ecology Survey to assess the psychological climate in the district and school surveys they conducted. (DWH)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Interaction, Organizational Climate, Principals, Psychological Characteristics, Research Methodology, School Organization, Surveys, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teachers
Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, University of Texas at Austin, Education Annex 3.203, Austin, TX 78712 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Identifiers: Principal Teacher Interaction Study
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).