ERIC Number: ED404337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Sense of Community: How Do Public and Private School Compare?
Royal, Mark; And Others
This Issues Brief uses data from Schools and Staffing Surveys (SASS) conducted in 1987-88 and 1993-94 to examine teachers' sense of community in U.S. public and private schools. The brief examines teachers' perceptions of: (1) the extent to which staff members share common goals, beliefs, and expectations with respect to schooling; (2) the extent to which school governance procedures involve and support teachers; and (3) the extent to which relations among staff members are collegial and cooperative. The results indicated that private school teachers experience a stronger sense of community at work than do public school teachers, no matter the size of the school. Also, in keeping with prior research, study results indicated that school size is related to teachers' sense of community in both sectors, with teachers in small schools generally reporting a greater sense of community than teachers in large schools. This finding suggests that recent efforts to break down large public schools into smaller units (e.g. schools within schools) may be beneficial not only to students but to teachers as well. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)