ERIC Number: ED417914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
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Voices from Within.
Salyer, Keith; Necco, E. Joanne; McCarthy, Joann; Ward, Sherry D.
This pilot study focuses on the loss of community-like climate as a factor in the quality of rural schools and in perceptions of the effective rural education image. Surveys of 129 school administrators, teachers, and students from five rural schools in Oklahoma covered 18 factors identified in the literature as affecting school effectiveness. Student perceptions of 14 of the 18 factors were significantly less positive than teacher or administrator perceptions. The narrative and quantitative data suggest that schools do not recognize students' perspectives when constructing or carrying out the school's mission. The students' persistence in perceiving many educational factors as egocentric and emotive, such as success/failure (academic interaction), fairness (student to teacher relations, classroom climate, and classroom instruction), attitude (motivation), and punitive measures (discipline), is indicative of a psychologically insecure environment. Interventions aimed at clarifying classroom methods, increasing the organizational structure of the classroom instruction, increasing teacher affect in relating the material, and developing a cohesive support network for learning are supported by this research. Recommendations related to common goals, discipline, and democratic decision making are included. (SAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma