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ERIC Number: EJ816590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0740-7874
Strengths-Based Assessment of Middle School Climate: A Case Demonstration
Zeman, Laura Dreuth
ERS Spectrum, v26 n1 p33-38 Win 2008
Comprehensive school reform requires all schools to conduct systematic, schoolwide evaluations of climate and safety. This article discusses a strengths-based school climate assessment model that identifies positive interactions and reinforcement of existing strengths to build a safety plan. Researchers conducted a qualitative cross-sectional study of interactions in a small rural middle school. Data were gathered using a structured observation grid and field notes. The findings were organized using a strengths framework. Strengths-based interactions were observed at this middle school primarily through purposeful interactions between adults and students and through reciprocal interactions among students. The author concludes that this assessment can provide direction for school staff members who create goals to expand strengths-based interactions in middle school. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001