Part 2 - Questionnaire for Teachers

Assessing How Democracy is Perceived in High Schools

In this questionnaire you will find questions that relate to life at your school. Read each sentence and state, in your opinion, to what extent each sentence describes what you would like to have at your school.

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1. The School Board and teachers need to encourage the pupils to work independently in social matters *
2. The principal and teachers have the right to set school policy without consulting with the pupils*
3. The School Board and the teachers don't have to consider the pupils' point of view or expectations in regard to life at the school*
4. The pupils have the right to ask the teachers and the School Board to explain their decisions*
5. The School Board and teachers can give severe punishments whenever they like*
6. Pupils must show respect for each other and shouldn't insult or express verbal abuse*
7. The School Board and teachers should be ready to hear criticism*
8. School is not a place where pupils can show their personal taste in regards to appearance (for example: hair-cut, ear-rings)*
9. Pupils should have the right and freedom to choose matters concerning their education (for example: choice of subjects)*
10. Pupils shouldn't intervene when other pupils are nasty to a particular pupil *
11. The School Board and teachers can provide certain pupils with extra-rights*
12. Pupils don't have the authority to stand up for their rights at school*
13. When the School Board and teachers give unjustified punishment, the pupils have the right to oppose it and show how they feel*
14. There is nothing wrong if the teachers and School Board show their superiority by mocking and insulting a pupil*
15. Pupils can come to school in accordance to their own personal taste (for example: haircut, ear-rings)*
16. Pupils must not openly criticize the School Board and teachers*
17. The School Board and teachers should explain their decisions to the pupils *
18. The School Board and the teachers should pay attention to the pupils' points of view and requests when it concerns school*
19. Pupils must accept the school's policy without trying to change any part that they feel is unjust*
20. The School Board and teachers are responsible to administer the pupil council*
21. When pupils annoy another pupil, the teachers and School Board should intervene and put a stop to it*
22. Pupils must readily accept the school's decisions in regards to matters concerning the pupils education (for example: choice of subjects)*
23. It is better that pupils keep a "low profile" (don't initiate, …) at school so that no one will take revenge on them*
24. Teachers must abide by school policy (for example: coming to class on time, …)*
25. The School Board and teachers should allow the pupils to have a free choice on educational matters (for example: choice of subjects)*
26. Pupils must accept all and any punishment given by the School Board and teachers even if they feel that it is not just*
27. The Pupil Council can act independently in social matters that concern the pupils*
28. The principal and teachers should listen to what the pupils suggest concerning school matters*
29. Pupils are solely responsible if they use abusive language among themselves*
30. It is no concern of the School Board or teachers if pupils decide to be nasty to each other*
31. Teachers must show equal concern for all the pupils*
32. Pupils do not have the right to criticize their teachers*
33. Pupils do not have the right to ask the School Board or teachers to explain their decisions*
34. Pupils are to accept and carry out the instructions of the teachers *
35. The School Board and teachers should allow the pupils a free choice of how to come to school (for example: haircut, ear-rings)*
36. It is advisable that the School Board and teachers should decide on matters concerning the pupils' education (for example: what subjects they should learn)*
37. It is advisable that the School Board and teachers refrain from giving punishment. If punishment is given it should be in line with the misdeed.*
38. The School Board and teachers have the right to rule how the pupils should appear for school (for example: haircut, ear-rings)*
39. Pupils should be allowed to stand up for their rights and not feel that it is a threat*
40. Pupils should protect a pupil who is being annoyed by other pupils *
41. Teachers must show respect to their pupils and not ridicule them*
42. The pupils have the right to participate as partners in decision making sessions held by the School Board *
43. The School Board and teachers do not have to explain their decisions*
44. When the pupils stand up for their rights, it should be accepted with understanding by teachers even if it isn't to their liking*
45. The principal and teachers have the right to shun school policy*
46. The pupils have the right to express and bring their criticism to the School Board*

Thank you for your time and goodwill