Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Donald W. Smitley


Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this field study was to determine how the faculty at Effingham High School in Effingham, Illinois, perceived the organizational climate of the school.

As first year assistant principal of the high school, the researcher saw the need to understand the personality of the organization with which he worked. The researcher viewed teacher perceptions of the school's organizational climate as a meaningful beginning point for initiating an ongoing project to build a positive school climate at Effingham High School.


The Organizational Climate Index constituted the instrument used to gather faculty perceptions of the organizational climate. The instrument was developed by George Stern and Associates of Syracuse University. The instrument was developed on the social theory of H.A. Murray. The data for the study is based on a sample of forty-five teachers in the Effingham High School using the Organizational Climate Index. The results of the survey were tabulated by Evaluation Research Associates of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

The study is divided into five chapters. Chapter One explains why the researcher selected the specific question addressed by the study. Chapter Two describes the rationale for the study and a review of the research and literature regarding organizational climate. Chapter Three discusses the general design of the study. The Organizational Climate Index is described, along with information on the administration of the survey. Chapter Three also summarizes the general characteristics of the school. Chapter Four describes the results of the survey along with conclusions. The chapter shows nine tables pertaining to the factors scored by the results of the survey. Chapter Five summarizes the study and lists eleven specific recommendations by the researcher pertaining to the organizational climate as perceived by the faculty of Effingham High School.