The purpose of this study was to compare student and teacher perceptions of school climate. The participants included 51 junior and senior high school staff members, 256 senior high school students, and 109 junior high school students. It was found that teachers have strong positive views on the following school climate factors; school building, equity and fairness, and staff dedication to student learning. There is more disagreement among staff members on the following school climate factors; order and discipline, school/parent/community involvement, collaborative decision-making, and leadership. High School students do not take on a controlling role as far as school climate is concerned; therefore, these students had a wide variety of opinions on their view of school climate factors. The implications of this study revealed that students and teachers have different views on school climate; therefore, the overall perception of school climate cannot be limited to the view of one stakeholder.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

School environment; Classroom environment; Teachers--Attitudes; Students--Attitudes

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

School Psychology (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Department of Psychology (CLA)


Scott P. Merydith


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at LC210 .C87 2006


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