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ERIC Number: EJ1097524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Our Children, Our Schools: Seeking Solutions for Improving the Climate in Urban Public Schools
Grace, Ronald A.; Harrington, Sonja Y.
Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, v2 p1-14 Sep 2015
Using a quantitative study the researchers examined perceptions regarding school climate of parents with children who attend urban schools, based on several dimensions: quality of the instructional program, support for learning, school climate/environment for learning, parent/school relationships, and resource management. Of the 150 administered surveys by the National Study of School Evaluation NSSE (2004) Parent Opinion Inventory, 116 or 77.3% were returned. Descriptive statistics were used to report findings. Results showed high levels of agreement with parents on most dimensions; however, the lowest level was resource management. In conclusion, although the dimensions regarding school climate were perceived as favorable, student achievement data and conditions that typically characterize urban schools indicate continuous improvements are needed. Recommendations for such improvements include providing additional funding and educational opportunities for children attending urban schools.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Statistical Analysis, Educational Quality, Parent School Relationship, Resource Allocation, Parent Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Lunch Programs, Socioeconomic Status, Likert Scales, Data Analysis, School Culture
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