ERIC Number: ED482349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Shaping Positive School Culture: Judgments of School Administrators.
Chiang, Linda H.
It has become more and more common to read and hear that the essential factor underlying effective schools is an ethos or culture of excellence and that effective school leaders are culture builders. The main purpose of this study was to ascertain administrators' views of their schools' climate. The second purpose was to examine imperative skills for success as administrators create positive school environments. Forty-one administrators from a school cooperation in a city in Indiana participated in the study. Data were collected before those administrators participated in two 3-hour workshops on the topic of diversity in fall 2001 and spring 2002. The study found that administrators perceived their support for teachers was high, but teacher absenteeism in their respective schools was a problem. Administrators ranked "developing positive relationships with staff and school personnel" as the most important skill. Suggestions generated from participating administrators provide information for other administrators as they strive to cultivate positive school cultures. (The survey instruments used for the study are included in appendices.) (Author)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Role, Case Studies, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, School Administration, School Culture, School Effectiveness, School Organization, School Surveys, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Columbus, OH, October 15-18, 2003).