Measuring School Spirit: A National Teaching Exercise

Sandra Carpenter, Tamara Rowatt, Lisa Brooks, Victoria Magid, Robert Stage, Paulette Wydro, Steve Cramer, Marie Walker, Connie Wolfe, Royce Singleton, Harold Sigall, Angela Eichelberger, Julie Jordan, Samantha Leaf, Jon Grahe, Ryan P. Brown, Janet Swim, Nicholas B. Pearson, Chris Wetzel, Mark PezzoSam Gosling, Kim MacLin, Alan Reifman, Brandon Awbrey, Collyn Wright, Page Jerzak, Steven M. Samuels, Greg Lemmond, Mark Leary, Catherine Seta

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We developed a novel variation on classroom data collection by having students conduct a national research project. Students at 20 different colleges and universities measured "school spirit" at their institutions according to several operational criteria (school apparel wearing, car stickers, alumni donation rate, ratings by a major sports publication, and questionnaire measures). Instructors then combined this information into one large dataset, allowing students to analyze and compare trends measured at their school with those measured at other schools. We discuss the process of organizing a national study (recruitment of faculty participants, dissemination of instruments, compilation of data), aspects of the project that instructors thought were most educationally valuable, and substantive results of the study (how well the different measures of school spirit correlated).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-21
Number of pages4
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Psychology


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