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ERIC Number: ED167349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
The Relationship of the Learning Environment to Student Attitudes Towards Chemistry.
Manley, Barry Lee
Examined was the problem of the learning environment as it related to differential affective outcomes. Two specific questions were investigated. First, were there overall significant differences in the learning environments of classes who scored high (the top 25% strong attitudes towards chemistry) on the Student Opinion Survey in Chemistry? Secondly, what was the exact nature of the differences in the classroom learning environments for these two groups? The sample consisted of 80 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Chemistry (IAC) classes. Two instruments were used to provide data for the study: the Student Opinion Survey in Chemistry (SOSC); and a modified version of the Learning Environment Inventory (LEI). The study found several significant differences in the learning environments of students scoring in the top, as opposed to the bottom, 25% on the SOSC. The results also suggested that the learning environment influenced affective responses and that the teachers' behavior in interpreting the curriculum was more important in determining student attitudes than were the IAC curriculum materials themselves. (Author/GA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (51st, Toronto, Canada, March 31-April 2, 1978); Contains occasional light type