Cooperativeness in Primary Schools: An Exploratory Investigation of Teachers' Attitudes and Perceptions in Greece
US-China Education Review. A
This paper investigates teachers' perceptions of, and attitudes towards, the contribution made by school principals and students' parents to the cooperative operation of primary schools in Greece. Research data was collected by means of quantitative descriptive research. The research tool used was the anonymous questionnaire addressed to primary school teachers. The study entails descriptive analysis, chi-square tests, independent samples t-tests, and one way ANOVA of the data collected. An
... ometric analysis was also conducted. The results of the study indicated that the cooperation between teachers and school principals lacks fluency and substance. As far as teachers' cooperation with students' parents is concerned this study indicated that teachers consider it very important for school's effective operation and they are to a great extent, satisfied with it. However, this satisfaction was not total but primarily applied to dealing with certain school activities and operation problems. The research results can be taken into account by the members of the school community in order improve the communication/cooperation among them and expand school-family cooperation. In contrast to previous research, this study examines the cooperative climate in schools not by taking into consideration the attitudes and perceptions of school directors, but those of the actors who actually do the teaching work in schools, that is, the teaching staff themselves.