ERIC Number: EJ996742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Development and Use of an Instrument for Assessing the Department-Level Work Environment: The Department-Level Environment Questionnaire (DLEQ)
Ward, Gillian; Fisher, Darrell L.
Learning Environments Research, v16 n1 p113-130 Apr 2013
There has been little research into the work environments of teachers at the subject department level. Understanding and investigating the work environment at this level could provide insight into the type of work environment that might lead teachers to remain in the teaching profession. This article reports the development, validation and use of a work environment instrument at the subject department level. The department-level environment questionnaire (DLEQ) was developed using the school-level environment questionnaire as the parent instrument. Both Actual and Preferred Forms of the DLEQ were used. Early-career secondary school science teachers' perceptions of the actual and preferred science department environment in New Zealand were sought. In addition, interviews with 17 % of the participants were conducted in order to find out why the teachers answered the questionnaire in the way that they did. The findings highlight the needs of this particular group of teachers. Future research opportunities for further instrument development and use of the instrument are suggested.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Science Teachers, Science Departments, Secondary School Science, Work Environment, Test Construction, Departments, Secondary School Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Attitudes, Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand