Factors Influencing Perceptions of School Climate Among Secondary School Students (PA251)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
12:00 PM–12:50 PM

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. obtain information related to outcomes associated with school climate in addition to individual level factors that influence school climate.
  2. learn results from two studies demonstrating significant differences in school climate perceptions by discipline history, grades received, gender, and race.
  3. learn the implications for these findings in practice and how to promote a positive school climate among secondary school students.


School climate has been associated with many positive outcomes, yet little is known about individual student factors that influence perceptions of school climate. We will share results from two studies conducted among secondary school students that show significant differences in school climate perceptions by students’ gender, race, discipline history, and academic achievement. Attendees will learn about the importance of school climate, student-level factors that influence school climate, and implications for practice.

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Kayla Gordon, May Institute, Randolph, MA
Sarah A. Fefer, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

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