Academic optimism and organizational climate: an elementary school effectiveness test of two measures

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dc.contributor Dyer, Beverly
dc.contributor Newton, Rose Mary
dc.contributor Dagley, David L.
dc.contributor Mitchell, Roxanne M.
dc.contributor.advisor Tarter, Clemens John
dc.contributor.author Reeves, Jonathan Bart
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:37:14Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:37:14Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000478
dc.identifier.other Reeves_alatus_0004D_10551
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/983
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study examined the relationship of two climate constructs in academic optimism and organizational climate as each relates to school effectiveness. Academic optimism is an academic environment comprised of three dimensions: academic emphasis, collective efficacy, and faculty trust (Hoy, Tarter, & Hoy, 2006). The Organizational Climate Index (OCI) is a short organizational climate descriptive measure for schools. The index is made up of four dimensions: principal leadership, teacher professionalism, achievement press for students to perform academically, and vulnerability to the community (Hoy et al., 2002). An examination was conducted on each framework. Their relationship was tested and analyzed how they would predict overall effectiveness and student performance. It was hypothesized that academic optimism and the organizational climate index are positively correlated. To test this hypothesis, elementary school teachers at 67 schools located in the northern half of Alabama responded to surveys that measured academic optimism, organizational climate index (OCI), and school effectiveness. Effectiveness was measured by student performance, in particular, the 4th grade Stanford Achievement Test and by overall effectiveness, the index of perceived organizational effectiveness (IPOE) in the 2009-2010 school year. Reliabilities for all measures ranged from .82 to .92, indicating acceptable levels of reliability. As predicted in hypothesis 1, academic optimism and organizational climate index were related. Hypothesis 2 predicted that academic optimism is a stronger predictor in student achievement and it was found to be significant and supported. However, hypothesis 3 did not indicate that OCI is a better predictor in overall effectiveness. Academic optimism was found to be a significant and stronger predictor in overall effectiveness.
dc.format.extent 97 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.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Educational Administration
dc.subject.other Educational leadership
dc.subject.other Elementary Education
dc.title Academic optimism and organizational climate: an elementary school effectiveness test of two measures
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Educational Administration (Elementary & Middle School)
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ed.D.


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