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ERIC Number: ED225950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
School Staff Perceptions of Changes in "School Climate." December 1979-December 1980. Teacher Corps Program '79. The University of Toledo/Springfield Local Schools.
Toledo Univ., OH. Coll. of Education.
A report is given on perceived improvements in overall school climate resulting from staff development activities initiated in response to a needs assessment survey distributed in December 1979 to the staffs of three elementary schools, one junior high school, and two senior high schools in Springfield, Ohio. Information is given on: (1) priority needs identified for each school (student respect, parent support, better teacher administrator relationships, counselor involvement in discipline, community satisfaction and pride, positive student attitudes); (2) staff development goals and activities formulated to meet these needs; and (3) school staff development activities, conducted between March 1 and December 31, 1980, which were designed to improve areas most in need of change. The development of the needs assessment instrument used in the project, and subsequently refined for analysis at the conclusion of the year, is described. Tables present statistics on paired need indices for items in the new assessment instrument which matched the original instrument, and differences and percentages for pairs of identified school climate needs assessment indices. Greatest perceived improvements are listed for each school. A sample of the needs assessment survey is attached, as are selected comments from staff members on the most positive changes observed. (JD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Decision Making, Discipline, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Needs Assessment, Parent School Relationship, Staff Development, Stress Variables, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Morale, Teaching Conditions
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Teacher Corps.
Authoring Institution: Toledo Univ., OH. Coll. of Education.