ERIC Number: ED379214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Teachers' Perceptions of School Climate.
A study was done to determine teachers' perceptions of the characteristics of a good school climate. A questionnaire, "Teacher Perception Scale" was given to all 150 teachers in a school district, consisting of four elementary schools and one junior high school, in the south suburban area of Chicago (Illinois). Fifty-one randomly slected questionnaires were studied. The majority of teachers agreed that the characteristics of favorable school climate, such as respect, trust, nurturing and caring, high morale, and academic development, are present in their schools. Eighty-two percent liked the school in which they work. Sixty-six percent trusted the people with whom they work. Eighty-four percent of the teachers agreed that they know a lot about the school in which they work. Seventy percent felt that they were a part of the school in which they work. Teacher comments supported the questionnaire items concerning teachers' perceptions of school climate. Results are analyzed by gender and years of teaching experience. The study concludes that respondents have an attitudinal receptiveness to improving the organization in which they work, and therefore school districts should move forward in school reform efforts. (Contains 15 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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