Date Approved

4-14-1998

Embargo Period

8-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald L.

Subject(s)

Upper Pittsgrove School (Upper Pittsgrove, N.J.); Courtesy; Interns (Education); School administrators--Training of

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to provide evidence to support the statement that all students will be able to follow a basic code of courteous behaviors and participate in service learning during school to improve the climate of the school and to produce a caring community. Surveys were administered to the staff and students at the beginning, midpoint, and end of the year to assess the current school climate conditions. A daily tabulation of behavior incidents was used as a statistical comparison to last year's to determine whether the program had any effect on reducing the number of behavior incidents. The survey administered to the staff and students consisted of questions about the idea of a positive climate based on a Likert scale. The daily tabulation of behavior incidents tracked each student, their infraction, and the administered consequence as they were referred to the office. It can be concluded from the study's findings that the school climate really made no significant change as a result from this project. The statistics from the research instruments show that the school is divided in its opinion in regard to the idea that the climate of the school is positive.

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