Positive School Climates Foster Civic Journalism

By | October 14, 2015

A positive climate means that teachers and students respect and listen to one another, that teachers set a high standard for their students, and that students feel supported by their teachers. Ten survey questions asked about these school qualities.

On average, students agreed slightly (4.4 on a 6-point scale) that their schools fostered positive climates. Journalists in schools with above-average climates expressed greater conviction in using the media for civic change, compared to journalists in schools with below-average climates.

See info on statistical differences here.