Developed by Emily M. Walter, Andrea L. Beach, Charles Henderson, Cody T. Williams, and Ivan Ceballos-Madrigal
|Purpose||To measure the degree to which a department supports the use of reform-based instructional strategies.|
|Format||Multiple-choice, Agree/disagree, Short answer|
|Focus||Teaching (leadership and collaboration, resources, collegiality, organizational support)|
|Level||Upper-level, Intermediate, Intro college|
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This is the highest level of research validation, corresponding to all seven of the validation categories below.
Research Validation Summary
Based on Research Into:
- Student thinking
- Student interviews
- Expert review
- Appropriate statistical analysis
- At multiple institutions
- By multiple research groups
- Peer-reviewed publication
The SCII was extensively research validated through review of the literature, drawing from existing instruments, pilot testing at two institutions, and review by an expert panel. The final instrument was administered at 6 different institutions with the items being validated through exploratory factor analysis, reliability measures, and iteration of the instrument based on the results.
- E. Walter, A. Beach, C. Henderson, and C. Williams, Describing Instructional Practice and Climate: Two New Instruments, presented at the Transforming Institutions, Indianapolis, IN, 2014.
- E. Walter, A. Beach, C. Henderson, C. Williams, and I. Ceballos-Madrigal, Understanding Conditions for Teaching Innovation in Postsecondary Education: Development and Validation of the Survey of Climate for Instructional Improvement (SCII), IJTE 4 (2), 166 (2021).
- E. Walter, A. Beach, C. Williams, C. Henderson, and I. Ceballos-Madrigal, Exploring Organizational Climate for Teaching in Postsecondary Settings: The Development and Validation of the Survey of Climate for Instructional Improvement, presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2017.
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The latest version of the SCII, released in 2021, is Version 2. Version 1 is published in Walter et al. 2014.