ERIC Number: ED314409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of School Climate before and after Completion of a Secondary Field-Based Practicum.
This study investigated the differences in secondary preservice teachers' perceptions of school climate before and after completion of a field-based practicum experience. It also sought to determine if there were significant relationships between their perceptions of school climate and their grade point average in selected standardized tests. The School Climate Survey was administered to 47 preservice secondary education candidates enrolled in an education practicum course. It was administered, first, after an initial orientation session and again after completion of 30 hours of practicum experience. The survey measured perceptions of: (1) teacher student relationships; (2) security and maintenance; (3) administration; (4) student academic orientation; (5) student behavioral values; (6) counseling/guidance; (7) student-peer relationships; (8) parent and community-school relationships; (9) instructional management; and (10) student activities. Findings indicated that the subjects had more favorable perceptions of school climate after they had an opportunity to observe and participate in secondary schools. Findings also show significant relationships between perceptions of school climate and test scores. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Little Rock, AR, November 7-10, 1989).