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ERIC Number: ED109142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 14
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The Measurement of Academic Climate in Elementary Schools.
Ellison, Robert L.; And Others
The measurement of academic climate in terms of educational processes and their effect on student outcome measure can make an important contribution to the achievement of educational goals by providing feedback to teachers on their teaching methods, yielding new information concerning student perceptions, identifiying staff training needs, and by serving as a program evaluation tool. The Student Activities Questionnaire (SAQ) was constructed to obtain such information by utilizing the consumers of the educational system--the students themselves. This paper reviews the development and rationale of the instrument and the results obtained to date. Academic climate and the effects on students was measured via a behaviorally focused, multiple-choice questionnaire, administered to 654 experimental and control students in the 5th and 6th grades. Eight measures were developed through item analysis techniques to provide academic climate scores, information on specific classroom activities, and student outcome measures. The experimental group significantly exceeded the control group on 7 comparisons. Individual class averages varied from the 20th to beyond the 80th percentile on the various scores, indicating the instrument measured differences in academic climate and could provide valuable feedback for the educational system. (Author/DEP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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