School climate and teacher commitment

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dc.contributor Tarter, Clemens John
dc.contributor Dagley, David L.
dc.contributor Newton, Rose Mary
dc.contributor Scherff, Lisa
dc.contributor Westbrook, Philip
dc.contributor.advisor Tarter, Clemens John Smith, Larry Don 2017-02-28T22:21:42Z 2017-02-28T22:21:42Z 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000127
dc.identifier.other Smith_alatus_0004D_10198
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study examined the relationship between school climate and teacher commitment. The study focused on elementary schools in Northeast Alabama. Thirty-four elementary schools consisting of 522 teachers took part in the study. The teachers completed two survey instruments: the Organizational Climate Index (OCI) and the Organizational Commitment Questionnaire (OCQ). With the school as the unit of analysis, the OCI outlined and measured four elements related to school climate (collegial leadership, teacher professionalism, academic press, and institutional vulnerability). Those four elements were the independent variables used for the study. The dependent variable was teacher commitment measured by the 15 items of the OCQ. The socioeconomic status (SES) was a control variable. That variable was calculated from the percentage of free and reduced lunches at each school. Results indicated that teacher commitment is related to school climate. The study showed that the most significant predictor of teacher commitment was teacher professionalism. Collegial leadership and academic press were predictors of teacher professionalism, while SES was a predictor of academic press.
dc.format.extent 83 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Education, Administration
dc.subject.other Education, Elementary
dc.title School climate and teacher commitment
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies Educational Leadership The University of Alabama doctoral Ed.D.

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