ERIC Number: EJ721986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan-21
Reference Count: 54
An Assessment of Science Teachers' Perceptions of Secondary School Environments in Taiwan
Huang, Shwu-yong L.
International Journal of Science Education, v28 n1 p25-44 Jan 2006
This study investigates the psychosocial environments of secondary schools from science teachers' perspectives, as well as associated variables. Using a sample of 900 secondary science teachers from 52 schools in Taiwan, the results attest to the validity and reliability of the instrument, the Science Teacher School Environment Questionnaire, and its ability to differentiate among schools. The descriptive results show that a majority of science teachers positively perceived their school environments. The teachers reported high collegiality, good teacher-student relations, effective principal leadership, strong professional interest, and low work pressure--but also low staff freedom. Multiple regression results further indicate that policy-relevant variables like school level, school location, and teachers' intentions to stay in teaching were associated with science teachers' perceptions of their school environments. Qualitative data analysis based on interviews of 34 science teachers confirmed and enriched these findings. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions, Collegiality, Teacher Student Relationship, Instructional Leadership
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan