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ERIC Number: ED378036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reducing Differences between Student Actual and Preferred Classroom Environments in Science Classrooms.
Diamantes, Thomas
Recent classroom environment research has investigated the association between students' cognitive and affective learning outcomes and their perceptions of psychosocial characteristics of their classrooms. The findings of these studies suggest that student outcomes can be improved by creating environments that are conducive to learning. This study was designed to examine the impact of assisting science teachers in obtaining information about student perception of the learning environment and guiding systematic improvement in science classroom environments by using practical programs proposed by B. J. Fraser and P. O'Brien in 1985. The study sampled 1,216 science students, grades 6-8, from 6 urban public schools. Twelve teachers were involved in the study. The following are some implications of the study for teachers: (1) teachers need to be aware of classroom climate and the need for responsiveness to student perception of that environment; and (2) with support, during the improvement plan to address implementation concerns, teachers can become agents of change in their own classrooms. Contains 38 references. (ZWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A