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ERIC Number: EJ1149034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-2243
Elementary Student Perceptions of School Climate and Associations with Individual and School Factors
La Salle, Tamika P.; Zabek, Faith; Meyers, Joel
School Psychology Forum, v10 n1 p55-65 Spr 2016
School climate has increasingly been recognized as an essential component of school improvement owing to the established associations between a positive school climate and academic outcomes for students. Our study examines associations among a brief measure of school climate assessing elementary student perceptions and the College and Career Ready Performance Index, Georgia's comprehensive school improvement and accountability index. Individual factors including student grade, race/ethnicity, and gender were also examined in relation to perceptions of school climate. Multilevel analyses and hierarchical linear modeling indicated that student-level variables accounted for the majority of variation in perceptions of school climate. Notably, results revealed a significant and negative interaction among school climate, school achievement, and gender. These findings suggest that personal characteristics have a notable impact on students' experiences and perceptions of climate and should be considered in the development and implementation of school climate improvement efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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