ERIC Number: ED065399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-May
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Elementary School Children's Perceptions of the Educational Environment. Final Report.
The central problem of this study was to describe the educational environment of Oklahoma elementary schools as perceived by pupils who attend those schools, and to determine if schools with differing characteristics differ in their educational environments. Eleven thousand pupils from 373 classrooms in 110 schools throughout Oklahoma participated in the study. Variables examined were: practicality, community, awareness, propriety, and scholarship. The instrument utilized to measure pupils' perceptions was the Elementary School Environment Survey (ESES). The most significant findings were: 1) Schools in middle/high socioeconomic class settings (non Title I) have a significantly more scholarly environment; 2) Rural school students perceive the environment as more polite and considerate than do students attending urban schools; 3) Self-contained classrooms differ significantly in the educational environment dimension of practicality; and, 4) Educational environments do not differ significantly according to sex of principal, age variance of faculty, or enrollment size. Since there were only three significant differences found out of a possible 35, it may be that the wrong variables were used to identify the real differences between schools that professional educators intuitively know exist. (Author/JLB)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater.