ERIC Number: ED346026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
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A Study of School Climate in a Secondary Professional Development School.
Woloszyk, Carl A.
During the 1990-91 school year, a study was completed on the school climate of a secondary professional development school (PDS). Since January 1989, Holt High School, an urban fringe high school located outside of Lansing, Michigan, had been designated a PDS. The major purposes of the study were to: (1) determine if changes in attitudes and beliefs had occurred over time among Holt staff; (2) ascertain whether the principles and values inherent in the design of PDSs have been accepted into the culture at Holt; and (3) identify rationale for any observed changes in beliefs over time and in the culture of the school. Subjects were 42 teachers who had been surveyed in 1986. The same instrument was used to survey the teachers, and results from the two surveys were compared using the Fisher Exact test. Personal interviews were conducted after the questionnaire was completed to provide a rationale for observed changes. Results indicate: (1) statistically significant changes occurred over time among school faculty for several belief statements; (2) the school climate has an overwhelmingly positive climate as measured by the responses to selected statements; (3) school faculty members have accepted into their value system and their school culture the underlying concepts for design of PDSs; and (4) the PDS has had a powerful influence on the beliefs and attitudes of the high school faculty. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Michigan State University