Staff and student perceptions of school climate -- the need for school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports
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Positive school climates have been found to promote pro-social behaviors and increase students? academic achievement. School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports provides a framework and set of ideals for educators to create a positive school culture. The current study examined differences in staff and student perceptions, as well as perceptions in primary versus secondary buildings, related to several factors of school climate (rules and expectations, safety, student relationships, teacher-student relationships). Data was collected through staff and student ratings on the Delaware School Climate Surveys and the results were compared using a MANOVA. A significant interaction was found on the Rules and Expectations and the School Safety Scales. Ideas for teaching students appropriate behavior, using data to make decisions about building practices, and matching the level of support with the needs of the students were discussed.
School environment -- Wisconsin -- Monroe -- Evaluation