ERIC Number: ED251961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Elementary School Self-Improvement through Social Climate Enhancement. Final Report.
This study focused on process measures to identify the major components of elementary school climate and to test the effectiveness of an intervention emphasizing the work of the principal. Nine schools of diverse size and in several locations in British Columbia formed the sample. Data included surveys of parents and teachers, interviews of principals and teachers, inschool observation, and examinations of documents. Parent rating of school climate was adopted as the criterion variable; the study used a simple measure-intervention-remeasure design. The initial data from parent and teacher surveys yielded five parent factors: principal activities, achievement, challenge and motivation, warm welcoming environment, and social contract. Two teacher factors emerged: teacher-principal collegiality and solving instructional problems. School-by-school analysis produced similar results. The nine principals viewed the data and made recommendations for one another's schools that were implemented with differential success over a 1-year period. During that period the government imposed budget cuts and the first provincial teacher strike occurred. The reassessment of climate showed very modest but positive changes, most not attributable to implementing the recommendations for change. Included are 17 tables, a bibliography, and 3 appendixes. (Author/MD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Intervention, Observation, Parent School Relationship, Principals, Staff Development, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Strikes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Educational Research Inst. of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Authoring Institution: Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby (British Columbia). Faculty of Education.
Identifiers: British Columbia; Collegiality
Note: Portions of appendix B may not reproduce due to small and broken print.