School Climate Systematic Review – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

School Climate Systematic Review

Sydney Boland


Pronouns: she/her

Research Mentor(s): Justin Heinze, Assistant Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 6 (4pm-4:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 4
Presenter: 3

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For this creation of a systematic review about school climate, a team of around a dozen people began to research school climate and how it pertains to violence in a school setting. The main research question is “to figure out how school climate is associated with improved school safety and/or reduced school violence and which aspects of school climate are associated with that” in order to help schools across the nation become more safe for everyone. To conduct this systematic review, the team was tasked with first beginning to narrow down studies to use in the overall review. The team gathered thousands of studies by searching a few key words and then read the titles and abstracts and began to weed a majority of them out based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. The team also used an online application called Covidence to do this. This is by far the longest step as it takes a lot of reading and careful consideration. Next, the team read the entirety of the studies that were chosen to keep and started analyzing them more in depth to continue to narrow down the studies that will be included in the systematic review. Later, the team extracted data from the specific studies to draw conclusions based on the research other people have conducted. The final step is the creation of the systematic review with all of the findings summarized.

Authors: Sydney Boland, Naomi Pomerantz, Gaurab Maharjan
Research Method: Library/Archival/Internet Research

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