ERIC Number: ED462744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
The Impact of Demographic Factors on School Culture and Climate.
Bulach, Cletus R.; Berry, James
School climate is an important factor that affects student achievement. Little research has been done, however, on factors that might impact school climate and culture. This study investigated the impact of teachers' gender, experience, number of years at a school, and degree status on the culture and climate of a school. Twenty-five schools and 1,163 teachers were involved. The "Instructional Improvement Survey" was used to measure school culture and climate. Results are analyzed statistically. They show that degree status did not make a difference. Female teachers, more experienced teachers, and teachers with more years at a school were more positive about the culture and climate of their school. Teachers with 2-10 years' experience were the least positive about their schools' culture and climate. There is a need to improve levels of openness and trust in most schools, thereby improving their overall culture and climate. The data also reveal that administrators need to spend more time with teachers who have 2-10 years of experience at a school. These teachers are at risk of leaving the profession, and with the teacher shortage, they cannot be ignored. Appendix A describes the variables used in measuring school culture and climate. (Contains 21 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (Jacksonville, FL, November 1-4, 2001).