ERIC Number: ED453218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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Cross-National Validation and Use of Classroom Environment Scales.
Dorman, Jeffrey P.; Adams, Joan E.; Ferguson, Janet M.
Cross-national classroom environment research investigating differences in mathematics classroom environment according to country (Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom), grade level (grades 8, 10, and 12), and student gender was conducted using a sample of 3,602 students from 29 schools. Students responded to a questionnaire developed from seven scales of the What Is Happening in this Class questionnaire (B. Fraser, 1998) and three scales of the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (P. Taylor, B. Fraser, and D. Fisher, 1997). Validation data showed these 10 scales to have sound structural characteristics. Results for the comparison of classroom environment in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom were mixed. Tests of significance revealed that the environment in mathematics classes in the three countries differed significantly on some scales with Canadian schools having higher levels of Investigation and Personal Relevance than their Australian and British counterparts. In general, grade 8 students held more positive perceptions of their mathematics classrooms than did grade 10 and grade 12 students. Female students generally perceived their mathematics classroom more positively than did male students. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures, and 20 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; United Kingdom