Testing Ecological Validity of the Croatian School Climate Questionnaire for Teachers from Different Educational Levels

Tena Velki, Gordana Kuterovac Jagodić

Abstract


The aim of the research was to construct, validate and verify
the ecological validity of the new measurement instrument,
i.e., the Croatian School Climate Questionnaire – Teachers
Version (HUŠK-N), which measures the general factor of the
school climate from a teacher's perspective. Data were
collected on three convenient samples of primary school
teachers (N = 504) and on one sample of secondary school
teachers (N = 196). In addition to the HUŠK-N questionnaire, teachers also completed questionnaires of several
constructs relevant to teacher functioning. The results
indicated that HUŠK-N has satisfactory psychometric
characteristics, relatively high reliability (α > 0.77), a clear
one-factor structure, and a normal distribution of responses.
Correlation analysis revealed the expected direction of
correlations of perception of school climate with selected
constructs at all educational levels.


Keywords


teachers; elementary school; secondary school; school climate; questionnaire

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