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ERIC Number: ED476178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 17
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Sharing the Data along with the Responsibility: Examining an Analytic Scale-Based Model for Assessing School Climate.
Shindler, John; Taylor, Clint; Cadenas, Herminia; Jones, Albert
This study was a pilot effort to examine the efficacy of an analytic trait scale school climate assessment instrument and democratic change system in two urban high schools. Pilot study results indicate that the instrument shows promising soundness in that it exhibited high levels of validity and reliability. In addition, the analytic trait format demonstrated the capacity to promote deeper levels of participant reflection and encourage greater participant empowerment and better process efficacy than its objective survey counterparts. Data analysis suggested a four-quadrant model for examining "climate goal orientation," which is included in this paper. Given what appeared to be an inherently socially constructed quality to each school's collective definition of what they considered a "good school climate," the use of the analytic instrument and a transparent assessment process proved useful. Moreover, the participant-driven feature of the system demonstrated a high degree of efficacy in helping participants move effectively from the climate assessment phased to subsequent vision setting and action phases. Findings related to the climate and assessment processes at the two schools as well as overall study conclusions and implications for practice are offered in the paper. (Contains 3 figures and 25 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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