ERIC Number: ED234968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Climate in Rural Schools through an Individualized Staff Development Program.
Flanagan, Kathleen R.; Trueblood, Cecil R.
School climate is defined, four instruments used to assess various dimensions of school climate are described, and implications of a school climate profile for developing an individualized staff development program in a rural school setting are discussed. Developed from the professional literature, the definition of school climate includes the values, beliefs, and attitudes of school community members as reflected in the institutional patterns, processes, and behavioral practices utilized in the school across time. A positive school climate is seen as a platform upon which productive learning and teacher job satisfaction are built. The four instruments to assess school climate described are: the Attitude Toward Inservice Scale, the CFK Ltd. School Climate Profile, the Purdue Teacher Opinionnaire, and the Survey of Effective School Processes. Reasons why an assessment of a school's climate can provide valuable information for the design, implementation, and evaluation of professional inservice development programs are discussed. An example of an on-site staff development program at an elementary and secondary school in a large rural Pennsylvania school district (Keystone Central) is described: a local inservice leadership team was chosen, staff development needs and school climate assessed, immeditate and long-term goals set, and implementation begun. Tables provide results of the CFK School Climate Profile for Keystone Central. (MH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, Inservice Education, Job Satisfaction, Measurement Techniques, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Program Design, Program Development, Rural Schools, School Effectiveness, Staff Development, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Attitude Toward Inservice Scale (Trueblood et al); CFK Ltd School Climate Profile (Fox et al); Purdue Teacher Opinionnaire (Bentley and Rempel); Survey of Effective School Processes (IDEA)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Education Association (Manhattan, KS, October 16-18, 1983).