ERIC Number: ED315453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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The Internal Structure and Correlates of Some School Climate Measures.
Gottfredson, Gary D.
J. M. Richards (1989) has demonstrated that when individuals' reports about environments are aggregated to create environmental measures, the use of coefficient alpha to estimate single occasion reliability can be misleadingly elevated and that alpha cannot distinguish an environmental measure from a "disguised measure of individual differences." In this paper, the split-sample reliabilities of the Effective Schools Battery teacher psychosocial climate and population measures are examined. These reliabilities are compared with school-level alpha coefficients and with 1-year and 2-year retest reliabilities previously reported. Split-sample reliabilities are usually somewhat smaller than the alpha coefficients calculated at the school level for psychosocial climate measures, but they are nevertheless generally substantial. Population measures also show substantial split-sample reliabilities, implying that teachers are clustered within school environments in ways that are associated with their personal characteristics (individual differences). Five tables showing selected results from an examination of the correlates of these school environment and teacher population measures with student scholastic performance, attendance, and dropout are included to stimulate interest in a related research report. Fifteen references and two figures are included. (Author/TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
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