ERIC Number: ED339559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-4
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of "Goodness" in Six Rural Appalachian High Schools.
Bobbett, Gordon C.; And Others
This study identified common characteristics in six "good" secondary schools in the rural Appalachian regions of Kentucky and Tennessee. Three schools from each state were selected for study based on nominations by Chief State School Officers and local superintendents and ratings based on statistical information about the schools. Two researchers made site visits at each of the six schools to: (1) interview the principal, a counselor, and nine faculty; (2) administer the Wayson School Climate and Context Inventory; (3) administer an 18-item survey delineating Likert's Organizational Characteristics in terms of administrative and faculty relationships; and (4) collect anecdotal data based on observations in the school. The data collected were initially analyzed as unique sets of data, then combined to describe the six schools in the study as fully as possible. Findings from the integration of data sources were then compared with 16 composite indicators of goodness and findings from two earlier studies. Findings indicate that these schools share positive features in climate, outcome orientation, and administrative structures. Similarities and differences were found between this study and the 16 composite indicators of goodness. This document contains numerous appendices that provide the three instruments and tabulated data collected with the instruments. (38 references) (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachia; Kentucky; Tennessee
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (72nd, Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).