ERIC Number: ED349685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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A Study of School Climate in Four Japanese High Schools.
Hattler, Jean Anne; Taylor, Bob L.
Findings of a study that compared the school climates of four Japanese high schools are presented in this paper. Eight factors that comprise the quality of school climate were examined--respect, trust, high morale, opportunities for input, continuous academic and social growth, cohesiveness, school renewal, and caring (Fox and others, 1974). A questionnaire to measure perceptions of school climate was administered to 362 high school students, 161 teachers, and 8 administrators in 4 high schools in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture. The sample included a male academic, a female academic, a coeducational agricultural, and a coeducational commercial high school. Findings indicate that school climate was perceived differently across all four schools. Teachers and administrators perceived their school climate more favorably than did students in the same school. Of all the factors of school climate, students in all four schools perceived that school renewal occurred least often; teacher perceived that the opportunity for input occurred least often. Finally, students reported "caring" as one of the most positive factors in their school climates. Seven tables are included. (Contains 17 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Japan; Japanese Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (New Orleans, LA, April 4-7, 1992).