Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Sarah Bonis, Carl Myers, Brittany Dodds

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


Research demonstrates that schools that cultivate a positive school climate see growth in student’s academic performance and improvements in behavior. However, a majority of the research focuses on either solely middle and high school or a district-wide view of school climate including K-12. There is a lack of research dedicated to school climate of elementary schools. The purpose of this study was to conduct a systematic review of the literature surrounding school climate in elementary schools. A systematic search of the literature yielded thirteen studies that focused on the elementary setting. Most studies examined the teaching and learning or institutional environment dimensions of school climate. Results from this review yielded a wide range of effect sizes. After review, eight of the articles discussed had a large effect size, indicating that their findings have a practical application outside of the study.


Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Other Education | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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