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ERIC Number: ED375933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-23
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
Students in Caring School and Classroom Communities.
Solomon, Daniel; Battistich, Victor
This study examined the sense of community felt by students and teachers at 24 elementary schools in 6 school districts in different regions of the United States. The study is based on the assumption that students who feel part of a caring community will adopt the community's norms and values. On a 38-item questionnaire, students indicated the degree to which they considered their schools and classrooms to be caring communities. The study also assessed the poverty level of the students; classroom activities and practices (through observations); teacher attitudes and reports of classroom practices and of school climate; and student attitudes, motives and behavior. The study found that: (1) teacher perceptions and reports of community generally corroborated those of students; (2) both community and poverty level related to many of the student, teacher, and observational measures, with more positive results in high community and low poverty schools; and (3) many of the community effects held in schools at different poverty levels. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: San Francisco Foundation, CA.; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Spunk Fund, Inc.; Annenberg Foundation, St. Davids, PA.; Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: Developmental Studies Center, Oakland, CA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards with Reservations
IES Cited: ED493768
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (101st, Toronto, Canada, August 20-24, 1993).