Predictors of Dutch and Finnish Children’s Satisfaction with Schooling
- 395 Downloads
Considerable research has shown that there are clear links among satisfaction with schooling, overall life satisfaction, and physical and psychological well-being. In this investigation, we expand on that line of research by identifying the predictors of overall satisfaction with schooling of 331 Dutch and Finnish pupils aged 6–13. Similar to previous research, student age, student gender, and teacher likeability were strong predictors of students’ overall satisfaction with schooling. New findings from this investigation were that teacher gender and class size were significant predictors of overall satisfaction with schooling.
KeywordsSchool satisfaction Satisfaction with schooling Subjective well-being Predictors Finnish students Dutch students Children
This research was supported by the Finnish Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), by Finnish municipalities, and company partners (http://InnoSchool.tkk.fi). We would like to acknowledge the contributions of Pirkko Hyvönen, Leena Heiskanen, Ellaveera Hyvönen, and others in collecting the data on which this investigation was based. Justus J. Randolph is now at Finlandia University.
- Baker, J. A. (1999). Teacher-student interaction in urban at-risk classrooms: Differential behavior, relationship quality, and student satisfaction with school. The Elementary School Journal, 85, 69–80.Google Scholar
- Beal, C. R. (1994). Beyond the family: Schools and the hidden curriculum. In C. R. Beal (Ed.), Boys and girls: The development of gender roles (pp. 134–155). New York: McGraw-Hill.Google Scholar
- Epstein, J. L. (1981). The quality of school life. Lexington: Lexington Books/D.C. Heath.Google Scholar
- Epstein, J. L., & McPartland, J. M. (1976). The concept and measurement of the quality of school life. American Educational Research Journal, 13(1), 15–30.Google Scholar
- Finn, D. J. (1998). Class size and students at risk. What is known? What is next? Office of Educational Research and Improvement. US Department of education. http://www.ed.gov/pubs/ClassSize/index.html. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
- InnoPlay. (2008). Homepage. University of Lapland. Centre for Media Pedagogy website: http://www.ulapland.fi/?deptid=23296. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
- Kangas, M. (2008). Finnish children’s views on the ideal school and learning environment (submitted).Google Scholar
- Norušis, M. J. (2006). SPSS 15.0: Statistical procedures companion. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.Google Scholar
- Norušis, M. J. (2007). SPSS 15.0: Advanced statistical procedures companion. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.Google Scholar
- Randolph, J. J., & Kangas, M. (2008). A scale for measuring sense of community in online courses: Preliminary psychometric results, predictors of course satisfaction, and predictors of sense of community. In J. Viteli & S. Kaupinmäki (Eds.), Tuovi 6: Interaktiivinen tekniikka koulutuksessa 2008 -konferenssin tutkijatapaamisen artikkelit [Proceedings of the Scholars’ Meeting at the Interactive Technology in Education Conference 2008]. Hypermedia Laboratory Net Series 19 (pp. 94–118). Finland: Tampere University Press. Available online: http://tampub.uta.fi/tup/978-951-44-7463-7.pdf
- Randolph, J. J., Kangas, M., & Ruokamo, H. (in press). The preliminary development of the Children’s Overall Satisfaction with Schooling Scale (COSSS). Child Indicators Research.Google Scholar
- Raudenbusch, S. W., & Bryk, A. S. (2002). Hierarchical linear models: Applications and data analysis methods. Thousand Oaks: Sage.Google Scholar
- Rice, R. (1994). Network analysis and computer-mediated communication systems. In S. Wasserman & S. W. J. Galaskiewka (Eds.), Advances in Social Network Analysis: Research in the social and behavioral sciences (pp. 167–206). Newbury Park: Sage.Google Scholar
- Rovai, A. P. (2002). Building sense of community at a distance. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 3(1). http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/79. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
- Samdal, O., Nutbeam, B., Wold, B., & Kannas, L. (1998). Achieving health and educational goals through schools—a study of the importance of school climate and the students’ satisfaction with school. Health Education Research: Theory & Practice, 13(3), 383–397.Google Scholar
- Stevens, J. P. (2002). Applied multivariate statistics for the social sciences (4th ed.). Mahwah: Lawrence Earlbaum.Google Scholar