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Norms in Action: The Individual Student in the School Climate

Flaherty, Colm LU and Andersson, Patrik LU (2017) American Sociological Association Annual Meeting 2017
Abstract
The importance of school climate in schooling has been demonstrated consistently over the last 50 years. In this study, we investigate how individual student norms and opinions shape and affect school climate. Through the use of secondary survey data collected within two research projects at eight schools throughout Sweden in two different years, we demonstrate how individual student norms developed in contexts outside of the school play a vital role in influencing not only the overall prevalence of conflict at school, but also the academic results of a school. Our results show that the cultural context of the broader society plays a larger role than often appreciated in creating the conditions for a good school climate. The data also... (More)
The importance of school climate in schooling has been demonstrated consistently over the last 50 years. In this study, we investigate how individual student norms and opinions shape and affect school climate. Through the use of secondary survey data collected within two research projects at eight schools throughout Sweden in two different years, we demonstrate how individual student norms developed in contexts outside of the school play a vital role in influencing not only the overall prevalence of conflict at school, but also the academic results of a school. Our results show that the cultural context of the broader society plays a larger role than often appreciated in creating the conditions for a good school climate. The data also reveals a close link between abusive behavior at school and general behavioral norms, suggesting abusive behavior is merely a sub-category of general rule-breaking behaviors rather than a unique form of behavior. Our results further indicate that despite the link between school and other institutions, broader views about law and order in society do not closely correspond to behavior or achievement at school. (Less)
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  abstract     = {The importance of school climate in schooling has been demonstrated consistently over the last 50 years. In this study, we investigate how individual student norms and opinions shape and affect school climate. Through the use of secondary survey data collected within two research projects at eight schools throughout Sweden in two different years, we demonstrate how individual student norms developed in contexts outside of the school play a vital role in influencing not only the overall prevalence of conflict at school, but also the academic results of a school. Our results show that the cultural context of the broader society plays a larger role than often appreciated in creating the conditions for a good school climate. The data also reveals a close link between abusive behavior at school and general behavioral norms, suggesting abusive behavior is merely a sub-category of general rule-breaking behaviors rather than a unique form of behavior. Our results further indicate that despite the link between school and other institutions, broader views about law and order in society do not closely correspond to behavior or achievement at school.},
  author       = {Flaherty, Colm and Andersson, Patrik},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Norms in Action: The Individual Student in the School Climate},
  year         = {2017},
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