ERIC Number: ED391225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Making the School Environment Safe: Red Rose's Formula.
Templeton, Rosalyn Anstine; Johnson, Celia E.
This paper presents findings of a study that investigated the factors perceived by teachers as significant to the development of a safer school-work environment. The case study involved a 4-year project to decrease school violence in an urban, elementary, Chapter 1 school. Data were obtained from administration of the School Level Environment Questionnaire (SLEQ) to 39 prekindergarten through fourth-grade teachers and interviews with teachers, students, and administrators. Findings indicate that under heavy work demands, teachers adopted survival strategies of operating without reserves of time and energy, "processing" curriculum, and working in isolation. However, these strategies created problems with students. To counter a lack of resources, teachers often spent their own money on school supplies. Teachers' supply-distribution strategies affected their perceptions of students, which in turn influenced students' behavior. Strategies were implemented to alleviate teacher stress and isolation, improve the distribution of resources, and provide support for students. Two tables and one figure are included. (Contains 29 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).