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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Initial Steps Towards the Validation of School Climate Instruments for Caribbean Schools

Publication Date: 
April 2021

This study reports the preliminary findings of a larger study aimed towards the development and validation of sound psychometric instruments that could be used to measure school health within the English-speaking Caribbean. As initial steps, this study located school climate surveys (teacher version and student version) developed by scholars in the United States for Chicago inner city schools. In collaboration with a secondary school principal in Jamaica, the surveys were modified to make them more appropriate to the Jamaican context. The surveys were then piloted at an all-girls secondary school in Jamaica (n= 50 teachers, n = 197 students). This study presents preliminary findings on the psychometric properties of the student survey only. Implications for measuring school quality within the English-speaking Caribbean are discussed.

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