School-Level Environment Questionnaire (SLEQ)

Rentoul‚ A. J. & Fraser‚ B. J. (1983). Development of a school-level environment questionnaire. The Journal of Educational Administration‚ 21 (1)‚ p. 21-39.

ACTUAL Form
 There are 56 items in this questionnaire. They are statements to be considered in the context of the school in which you work and your actual working environment.
 Think about how well the statements describe your school environment.
 Indicate your answer by circling:
 SD= if you strongly disagree with the statement;
D= if you disagree with the statement;
N= if you neither agree nor disagree with the statement or are not sure;
A= if you agree with the statement;
SA= if you strongly agree with the statement.
If you change your mind about a response‚ cross out the old answer and circle the new choice.
1.      Most students are pleasant and friendly to teachers.
2.      I receive encouragement from colleagues.
3.      Teachers discuss teaching methods and strategies with each other.
4.      The school mission statement and its associated goals are well understood by school staff.
5.      Decisions about the running of this school are usually made by the principal or a small group of teachers.
6.       It is difficult to change anything in this school.
7.       The school or department library includes an adequate se‎lection of books and periodicals.
8.       There is constant pressure to keep working.
9.       Most students are helpful and cooperative to teachers.
10.  I feel accepted by other teachers.
11.  Teachers avoid talking with each other about teaching and learning.
12.  The organization of this school reflects its goals.
13.  I have to refer even small matters to a senior member of staff for a final answer.
14.  Teachers are encouraged to be innovative in this school.
15.  The supply of equipment and resources is inadequate.
16.  Teachers have to work long hours to complete all their work.
17.  There are many disruptive‚ difficult students in this school.
18.  I am ignored by other teachers.
19.  Staff meetings are dominated by administrative matters rather than teaching and learning issues.
20.  Teachers regularly refer to the mission of the school when addressing school issues.
21.  Action can be taken without gaining the approval of a senior member of staff.
22.  There is a great deal of resistance to proposals for curriculum change.
23. Video equipment‚ tapes and films are readily available and accessible.
24. Teachers don’t have to work hard in this school.
25. There are many noisy‚ badly-behaved students.
26. I feel that I could rely on my colleagues for assistance if I needed it.
27. Many teachers attend in service and other professional development courses.
28. There is a high degree of consensus within the staff with regard to what the school is trying to achieve.
29. Teachers are asked to participate in decisions concerning administrative policies and procedures.
30.  Most teachers like the idea of change.
31.  Adequate copying facilities and services are available to teachers.
32.  There is no time for teachers to relax.
33.  Students get along well with teachers.
34.  My colleagues take notice of my professional views and opinions.
35.  Teachers show little interest in what is happening in other schools.
36.  My views of the overall mission of this school are very similar to other staff members.
37.  I am encouraged to make decisions without reference to a senior member of staff.
38.  New courses or curriculum materials are seldom implemented in the school.
39.  Tape recorders and cassettes are available when needed.
40.  You can take it easy and still get the work done.
41.  Most students are well-mannered and respectful to the school staff.
42.  I feel that I have many friends among my colleagues at this school.
43.  Teachers are keen to learn from their colleagues.
44.  The operation of this school is consistent with its goals.
45.  I am allowed to do almost as I please in the classroom.
46.  There is much experimentation with different teaching approaches.
47.  Facilities are inadequate for catering for a variety of classroom activities and learning groups of different sizes.
48.  Seldom are there deadlines to be met.
49.  Strict discipline is needed to control many of the students.
50.  I feel lonely and left out of things in the staffroom.
51.  Teachers show considerable interest in the professional activities of their colleagues.
52.  Teachers agree on the school’s overall goals.
53.  I have little say in the running of this school.
54.  New and different ideas are being tried in this school.
55.  Class sets of important resource books are available when needed.
56.  It is hard to keep up with your workload.
School-Level Environment Questionnaire (SLEQ)
 PREFERRED Form
 There are 56 items in this questionnaire. They are statements to be considered in the context of the school in which you work and your preferred or ideal working environment.
Think about how well the statements describe your school environment.
 Indicate your answer by circling:
 SD= if you strongly disagree with the statement;
D= if you disagree with the statement;
N= if you neither agree nor disagree with the statement or are not sure;
A= if you agree with the statement;
SA= if you strongly agree with the statement.
1.      Most students would be pleasant and friendly to teachers.
2.      I would receive encouragement from colleagues.
3.      Teachers would discuss teaching methods and strategies with each other.
4.      The school mission statement and its associated goals would be well understood by school staff.
5.      Decisions about the running of the school usually would be made by the principal or a small group of teachers.
6.      It would be difficult to change anything in the school.
7.      The school or department library would include an adequate se‎lection of books and periodicals.
8.      There would be constant pressure to keep working.
9.      Most students would be helpful and cooperative to teachers.
10. I would feel accepted by other teachers.
11. Teachers would avoid talking with each other about teaching and learning.
12. The organisation of the school would reflect its goals.
13. I would have to refer even small matters to a senior member of staff for a final answer.
14. Teachers would be encouraged to be innovative in the school.
15. The supply of equipment and resources would not be adequate.
16. Teachers would have to work long hours to complete all their work.
17. There would be many disruptive‚ difficult students in the school.
18. I would be ignored by other teachers.
19. Staff meetings would be dominated by administrative matters rather than teaching and learning issues.
20. Teachers regularly would refer to the mission of the school when addressing school issues.
21. Action could be taken without gaining the approval of a senior member of staff.
22. There would be a great deal of resistance to proposals for curriculum change.
23. Video equipment‚ tapes and films would be readily available and accessible.
24. Teachers would not have to work hard in the school.
25. There would be many noisy‚ badly-behaved students.
26. I would feel that I could rely on my colleagues for assistance if I needed it.
27. Many teachers would attend inservice and other professional development courses.
28. There would be a high degree of consensus within the staff with regard to what the school was trying to achieve.
29. Teachers would be asked to participate in decisions concerning administrative policies and procedures.
30.  Most teachers would like the idea of change.
31.  Adequate copying facilities and services would be available to teachers.
32.  There would be no time for teachers to relax.
33.  Students would get along well with teachers.
34.  My colleagues would take notice of my professional views and opinions.
35.  Teachers would show little interest in what was happening in other schools.
36.  My views of the overall mission of this school would be very similar to other staff members.
37.  I would be encouraged to make decisions without reference to a senior member of staff.
38.  New courses or curriculum materials seldom would be implemented in the school.
39.  Tape recorders and cassettes would be available when needed.
40. You could take it easy and still get the work done.
41.  Most students would be well-mannered and respectful to the school staff.
42.  I would feel that I had many friends among my colleagues at the school.
43.  Teachers would be keen to learn from their colleagues.
44.  The operation of the school would be consistent with its goals.
45.  I would be allowed to do almost as I pleased in the classroom.
46.  There would be much experimentation with different teaching approaches.
47.  Facilities would be inadequate for catering for a variety of classroom activities and learning groups of different sizes.
48.  Seldom would there be deadlines to meet.
49.  Strict discipline would be needed to control many of the students.
50.  I would feel lonely and left out of things in the staffroom.
51.  Teachers would show considerable interest in the professional activities of their colleagues.
52.  Teachers would agree on the school’s overall goals.
53.  I would have little say in the running of the school.
54.  New and different ideas would be tried in the school.
55.  Class sets of important resource books would be available when needed.
56.  It would be hard to keep up with your workload.
 Items designated (+) are scored by allocating 5‚ 4‚ 3‚ 2‚ 1‚ respectively‚ for the responses Strongly
Agree‚ Agree‚ Not Sure‚ Disagree‚ Strongly Disagree. Items designated (-) are scored in the reverse manner. Omitted or invalid responses are given a score of 3.
 SLEQ SCORING INSTRUCTIONS
 SCALE ITEM DISTRIBUTION
 Student Support 1‚ 9‚ 17‚ 25‚ 33‚ 41‚ 49
 Affiliation 2‚ 10‚ 18‚ 26‚ 34‚ 42‚ 50
 Professional Interest 3‚ 11‚ 19‚ 27‚ 35‚ 43‚ 51
 Mission Consensus 4‚ 12‚ 20‚ 28‚ 36‚ 44‚ 52
 Empowerment 5‚ 13‚ 21‚ 29‚ 37‚ 45‚ 53
 Innovation 6‚ 14‚ 22‚ 30‚ 38‚ 46‚ 54
 Resource Adequacy 7‚ 15‚ 23‚ 31‚ 39‚ 47‚ 55
 Work pressure 8‚ 16‚ 24‚ 32‚ 40‚ 48‚ 56
 Negative Items (reverse scored)
 5‚ 6‚ 11‚ 13‚ 15‚ 17‚ 18‚ 19‚ 22‚ 24‚ 25‚ 35‚ 38‚ 40‚ 47‚ 48‚ 49‚ 50‚ 53