ERIC Number: ED436536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Climate in Schools: Part II. Teacher Views of the Learning and Organizational Climate in Schools. Evaluation Brief.
Part I of the Learning Climate in Schools evaluation brief looked at violence and disruptive behavior in the North Carolina public schools from several perspectives, including that of teachers expressed in an annual survey. Part II examines teacher perceptions of learning and organizational climates using another set of teacher responses to the end-of-grade and end-of-course (high school) surveys teachers completed in 1995. Survey results show that high school teachers have less positive views about their learning climate and school culture than do teachers in grades three through eight. Agreement with positive items became lower with each successive grade, until no more than half of the high school teachers agreed with any item. In spite of the more frequent problems reported in the middle school grades, middle school teachers reported higher feelings of safety than did high school teachers. It may be that the type of problems at the high school level lead to lower feelings of safety than do the types of problems reported at the middle school grades. Special challenges were noted across all grades in identifying and intervening in student problems early, enforcing discipline consistently and fairly, and providing teacher input into curriculum, teaching, and policy decisions. Differences were also noted in the positive responses of teachers in different subject areas at the high school level. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Accountability Services/Research.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: North Carolina End of Course Testing Program