ERIC Number: ED365717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparative Assessment of School Environments by Delinquent and Nondelinquent Children: Implications for Public School Leaders in Alabama.
McNeal, Cathy Connolly; Bishop, Harold
Differences between the perceptions of delinquent and nondelinquent secondary school students in their assessments of school environments through the National Association of Secondary School Principals Comprehensive Assessment of School Environments (NASSP/CASE) School Climate and Student Satisfaction Surveys were studied in Huntsville (Alabama). Subjects were 100 nondelinquent tenth graders from five high schools and 100 delinquent students aged 14 to 16 from Huntsville high schools. Most delinquent students were black, while the majority of nondelinquent students were white. The delinquent group was approximately 87% male and 39% of those could not read on a fourth- through sixth-grade reading level. More delinquent individuals had been retained, and more had disrupted families. No significant interaction was observed between delinquent and nondelinquent status and the assigned school in perceptions of school climate, although a significant difference was noted between delinquents and nondelinquents in perceptions of school climate and student satisfaction. Support was evident for the null hypothesis predicting a main effect for student status. Five tables present study findings. Ten appendixes include the NASSP/CASE instruments and background letters and permission forms. (Contains 41 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Huntsville City School System AL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).