ERIC Number: ED261125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Two Perspectives on School Climate: Do Staff and Students See a School the Same Way?
Stavros, Denny; Moore, JoAnne E.
Two studies of school climate were conducted at Detroit's Boulevard High School in 1984, three years after the institution of a school improvement program. One study measured students' perceptions, the other assessed staff perceptions. Based upon the findings of this research, it became clear that in order to get a good picture of the school climate, data from both students and staff were needed. Staff and students had convergent opinions in many areas. The school's academic program was viewed positively by both groups. Students were positive about guidance and counseling, the curriculum, and the instruction. The staff were positive about related areas: frequent monitoring of student progress, and opportunity to learn and time-on-task. They viewed the department head, especially in the role of instructional leader, in a positive light. The staff did not feel safe in the school (and students did not participate in activities which would cause them to remain at school after hours). Both students and staff were generally satisfied with the school, but had negative perceptions concerning Boulevard's administration. The staff viewed the principal as accessible but as a poor instructional leader. Students felt that the administration was not accessible, and they were not involved in the decision making process. And finally, while staff tended to have low expectations of student performance, students felt they were learning almost all they could and learning a lot in most or all classes. (Following the narrative, tabulated questionnaire responses are appended). (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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