Interdisciplinary Success Story: Positive school climate.

After reading “Social Workers’ Leadership for Positive School Climates via Data-informed Planning and Decision Making” by Laura Hopson and Hal Lawson I was able to see the success of what an multidisciplinary view can create. A study was conducted on 485 students from grade 7 to 10th. 104 school personnel were involved in the study.  The purpose of this study was to improve the school climate. This included disciplines from social work, education, criminal justice and physical education. All of these disciplines are necessary, in order to create the most positive school climate.

The students and school personnel were asked to take a scale test to determine the strength levels of team orientation, involvement with students, involvement with parents, involvement with the community, tolerance for error, results orientation, sense of common purpose, respect, cohesion, trust, mutual support, and optimism. The scale was from 1 to 6, with 6 being strongly agree. The results showed that there was room for improvement for the schools climate.

The social workers created meeting with principles and teachers of the schools on how to create a stronger and more positive climate. In order to create a strong school climate, you must have areas from several different disciplines. Health and safety is a strong part to a positive school climate. The teachers and social workers had meetings to try to figure out ways to create a safer environment.  This would require education and knowledge from a safety discipline. The community played a large role in trying to find ways to create a more positive climate. Parents were asked to play a role in teaching their children the proper ways to treat others with respect.

In order to create a positive climate, perspectives from serval different disciplines must be present. A multidisciplinary view is mandatory to create a positive climate. Views from physical education are necessary to create a health environment,  education is important as well in order to create strong academic performance. Support teams are important to help stop bullying which has been a big issue to many different school communities. The social workers worked together and with others to create an environment that is positive in many ways.


References: Hopson, L., & Lawson, H. (2011). Social Workers’ Leadership for Positive School Climates via Data-informed Planning and Decision Making. Children & Schools, 33(2), 106-118.

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