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ERIC Number: ED371433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 17
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Organizational Climate in Schools in Black Communities in South Africa: A Validation of the OCDQ-RS.
Westhuizen, Philip van der; Mentz, Kobus
Prior to April 1, 1993, the education system in South Africa was fragmented along racial lines. Five departments of education existed, each with its own political head. This paper presents findings of a study that examined the organizational climate of the Department of Education and Training, which regulated education for the 10 major black groups (excluding independent states and self-governing states). The study sought to: (1) test the validity and reliability of the Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire-Rutgers Secondary (OCDQ-RS); and (2) determine the openness of the schools' organizational climates. The questionnaire was administered to 684 teachers in 31 secondary schools in Diamond Field Region. The instrument measured five factors of organizational climate--two regarding principals' management behaviors and three regarding staff relations practices. Findings support the validity and reliability of the instrument for use in the South African black community. On the average, rural schools had slightly higher levels of openness than did urban schools. In contrast with other tests of the instrument in the United States and in a white South African community, the black school community viewed the principal behaviors of supervising, controlling, and monitoring as supportive. Nine tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa