School Environment Analysis
Charlene N. Vance
Grand Canyon University: EDA-575
October 29, 2014
School Environment Analysis
Identifying the needs of a school can be very perplexing and daunting for those in leadership. There can be a variety of issues and there must be a systematic approach to solving them. Churchman (1979) suggested that analysis of a system ought to determine whether influences on the system are environmental, systematic, or neither, for such influences are potential growth and survival factors. The leadership must assess each component and how they are to show growth and improvement in their school.
At Spring Mountain Elementary School, there are a large ...view middle of the document...
Research indicates that bully perpetration and victimization rates are higher and willingness to intervene is lower when students perceive adults’ prevention and intervention efforts as ineffective (Goldweber et al., 2013; Waasdorp, Pas, O’Breenan & Bradshaw, 2011). Some of the students, who do not get the response they truly need, suffer from the tainted perception of staff about bullying. The children may be the students who the teacher adores and can never believe that they could do malicious acts of bullying. This is a conditioning within the adults that I believe creates the misconception of issues with bullying. The leaders and staff of a school should constantly take the time to evaluate their responses to bullying. Teacher relationships and interactions outside of the school environment hinder their perception. There are teachers at Spring Mountain Elementary School that interact with students outside of the school. They attend religious functions, performances, visit restaurants and community functions together. This creates an entirely different perception additionally for the children involved in any forms of bullying. In my opinion, if the outside interactions and relationships with families (although very helpful in other respects) cease, this could alleviate any other misconceptions of student interactions and potential bullying. As a new teacher, this issue can seem very intimidating because they may refer to a veteran in the building and get a misperception of a child. This can be beneficial and hindering all at the same time. As an administrator, I would constantly emphasize that bullying should be treated as an emergency, no matter the child; no matter the circumstance.
Another issue at Spring Mountain Elementary School is the stress of teachers, their satisfaction of the job and their efficiency in the school environment. The school climate is a direct reflection of teachers’ perception and satisfaction with the environment that they work. According to Turner and Patrick (2008), attending to participants’ perceptions of contexts is important because individuals do not all interpret the same context in identical ways. Furthermore, referring to sociocultural and social cognitive theories, N. E. Perry and Rahim (2011) argued that teachers’ perceptions are critical for shaping the decisions they make in classrooms. This is the first year of instruction at Spring Mountain Elementary School for me. The exterior of the building is beautiful and the grounds are well kept. It is in a great neighborhood with upper middle class and wealthy families in the surrounding community. The idea of working in such a privileged area made the decision a simple one to accept the position at Spring Mountain Elementary. Unfortunately, the building is just what it is; a building. The environment is pleasant on the outside but the “feeling” that is there is so cold and icy from other individuals. There is a stressful tone that permeates the building...