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ERIC Number: ED430289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 19
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A School Level Environment Study in Australia.
Cresswell, John; Fisher, Darrell
This paper reports on a study that investigated the reliability and validity of a school-environment measuring instrument: the School Level Environment Questionnaire (SLEQ). Results were compared to teachers' and principals' perceptions of actual and ideal school environments. The questionnaire was sent to 60 schools throughout Australia where it was to be completed by the principal and a random sample of 20 teachers in each school. Responses on 900 questionnaires were used. The study also employed interviews to expand the qualitative aspect of the research. Results indicate that the SLEQ is a reliable and valid instrument to measure perceptions of school environment. Analysis of responses to the SLEQ revealed that each scale had acceptable internal consistency. The teachers' perceptions of their actual school environments were similar to those of other recent studies of school environment using the SLEQ. A comparison of teachers' and principals' actual perceptions showed that there were significant differences in the way that both groups viewed the school environment. Generally, principals scored higher on seven of the eight scales and lower on their perception of work pressure. Teachers and principals, however, had a much more congruent view of an ideal school environment, registering differences in only two of the eight scales. (Contains 24 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: School Level Environment Questionnaire