Reframing the assessment of safe, caring and welcoming schools

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Watson, Leanne
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
A theoretical construct of students’ perceptions of safe and caring schools was developed to allow administrators and teachers to have a comprehensive understanding of how their students perceive care. The construct of care is highly subjective but with the use of the multi-modal assessment tool developed, students will be able to communicate their needs for care and staff members will be able to analyze how they care for their students. The assessment tool, consisting of a quantitative survey, monthly student response journals, staff self-assessments, safe and caring project showcase and longitudinal narrative inquiry, would allow emerging data to be triangulated resulting in a robust analysis that could be used to drive school programming and inform policy development at the senior administration level. The assessment plan was designed to delineate students’ perceptions of care to provide a recursive feedback loop for schools to respond to changing demographics and staffing.
safe schools , caring schools , welcoming schools , construct of care , caring curriculum , multi-modal assessment , care ethics , junior high students , senior high students , School environment -- Research , Classroom environment -- Research , Caring -- Studiy and teaching , Teacher-student relationships , Teacher-superintendent relationships , Student-administrator relationships , Curriculum planning , School management and organization , Educational leadership