ERIC Number: ED369657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Assessing the Climate of Science Laboratory Classes.
Fraser, Barry J.; And Others
Recently, some researchers are considering the effects of classroom environment on student achievement and attitudes. Due to the concerted effort of a number of educators, remarkable progress has been made over the last quarter of a century in conceptualizing, assessing and researching this area of concern. However, today there is growing concern that research in science laboratories has not been comprehensive enough to make conclusions regarding the effects of the science laboratory environment on student learning. In an effort to fill this chasm in our knowledge, this document focuses on a questionnaire designed to aid teachers in assessing students' perceptions of their science laboratory environment. It is hoped that science teachers will make use of the classroom environment instrument accompanying this article to evaluate new curricula or teaching methods, and to check whether the classroom is seen differently by students of different genders, abilities, ethnic backgrounds, or other environmental influences. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Higher Education, Perception Tests, Perceptual Development, Science Education, Science Laboratories
Key Centre for School Science and Mathematics, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6001 Australia.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Education, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Curtin Univ. of Tech., Perth (Australia). National Key Centre for Science and Mathematics.
Note: Part of the Key Centre for School Science and Mathematics series, "What Research Says to the Science and Mathematics Teacher," No. 8. For related document, see SE 054 443.