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South African Journal of Education

On-line version ISSN 2076-3433
Print version ISSN 0256-0100

Abstract

VOS, D; ELLIS, S M; VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, Philip C  and  MENTZ, P J. Applicability of the Organisational Climate Description Questionnaire - Rutgers Elementary: a South African case study. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2013, vol.33, n.3, pp.00-00. ISSN 2076-3433.

The Organisational Climate Description Questionnaire - Rutgers Elementary (OCDQ - RE) was used to determine the current organizational climate of primary schools in North-West Province, South Africa. This questionnaire evaluates the actions of principals and educators; the current organizational climate in primary schools can be determined from the results. A quantitative research approach, with 904 teachers from 68 schools, was used to determine the applicability of the measuring instrument. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses revealed that certain items measuring directive behaviour in the OCDQ-RE grouped with supportive behaviour of the principal. Hence, in this study, these items were regarded as supportive towards the educators and their work by the respondents. According to Cronbach's alpha coefficient the questionnaire can be regarded as reliable. Recommendations are made to render the questionnaire even more applicable for the South African context.

Keywords : improving organizational climate; organizational climate; OCDQ; primary schools; school climate.

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