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ERIC Number: ED085854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 170
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The Development of an Instrument To Measure Perceptions Relative to the Effectiveness of Elementary Schools.
Healy, Thomas Clair
In addition to the development of the measurement instrument, this study also attempted to analyze the differences in scale scores within and across the three participating groups--teachers, principals, and parents--and among the participating schools; and to investigate the degree of relationship existing between the priorities assigned to the imperatives (objectives) within schools by principals, parents, and teachers. An Imperatives Instrument was developed that identified ten objectives. It consisted of ten scales (one for each objective) of six items each. Respondents were asked to indicate their feelings in regard to the statements on a 5-point scale (strongly disagree, disagree, undecided, strongly agree, agree). Respondents were also asked to rank the ten objectives from one (the highest priority) to ten. The subjects were 65 elementary school principals, 195 teachers, and 195 sets of parents whose children attended the schools. Schools were randomly selected from 165 elementary schools in a large, heterogeneously populated county in Maryland. Study findings reveal, in part, that principals of elementary schools tended as a group to rate their schools as significantly more effective in achieving nine of the ten objectives than did parents and teachers. One resulting implication suggests that the role one occupies in relation to the elementary school may determine, to a degree, the perceptions held regarding the effectiveness of the school. Examples of the Imperatives Instrument as it developed through various stages and a selected bibliography are provided in the appendixes. (Author/EA)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland