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ERIC Number: EJ766806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
A Climate for Learning
Soukamneuth, Sengsouvanh
Principal Leadership, v4 n5 p14-19 Jan 2004
Like many principals and administrators, the vice principal of North Vernon High School places high priority on promoting a safe school environment, constantly seeking ways to minimize disruptions. To do this, many school leaders are focusing on improving intergroup relations so students learn to respect one another and feel a sense of belonging. Such a focus can dispel racial tensions that sometimes arise among students of different racial groups and can support the kinds of respect for self and others that characterize well-disciplined schools. To understand how school leaders create the contexts for positive intergroup relations and a caring and safe school environment, Social Policy Research Associates conducted a four-year study, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Spencer Foundation, on school-based strategies for addressing intergroup relations at six public high schools in California. The research indicates that the importance of strong leadership cannot be overstated. Without it, students can feel estranged from one another, their worlds separated by cultural or social borders that limit opportunities for positive interaction among students, foster tension, and inevitably affect student achievement. The six schools in the study had three different philosophies about intergroup interactions: passive, reactive, and proactive. The proactive approach was the most successful in promoting positive intergroup interactions. The study found that school leaders with proactive approaches made intergroup relations a schoolwide priority and closely examined school practices, beliefs, and values. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California