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School Climate: An Essential Component of a Comprehensive School Safety Plan

Stark, Heidi (2017) School Climate: An Essential Component of a Comprehensive School Safety Plan. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The intentional assessment and management of school climate is an essential component of a comprehensive school safety plan. The value of this preventive aspect of school safety is often diminished as schools invest resources in physical security measures as a narrowly focused effort to increase school safety (Addington, 2009). This dissertation used school safety trend data to illustrate that schools in the United States are safe havens, while students and parents continue to report a perception that schools are unsafe. This dissertation is a secondary analysis of data collected by one suburban public school district in that focuses on students’ perceptions of physical safety, emotional safety and safety from bullying. The racial demographics in the district of study are primarily White students, but the minority subgroup of Asian students has shown a steady increase over time. The data were collected in May 2016 using the U.S. Department of Education School Climate Survey (EDSCLS). The present study evaluated the perception of safety by all students enrolled in grades six through twelve with a focus on differential perceptions of safety by students in subgroups of race, gender and grade level band. This study sought to determine if an association exists between a student’s race, gender and grade level band and their perception physical safety, emotional safety and safety from bullying. This study informs school leaders as they work to develop a safety plan that is comprehensive and promotes safety.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Stark, Heidistarkfam5@gmail.comhas870000-0003-3913-4113
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTananis,
Committee MemberGunzenhauser,
Committee MemberKerr, Mary
Committee MemberShafiq,
Date: 22 May 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 2 March 2017
Approval Date: 22 May 2017
Submission Date: 2 May 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 180
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: School climate, safety
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 13:38
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 13:38


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