ERIC Number: ED454058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Learning Environment Research in Science Classrooms: Past Progress and Future Prospects. NARST Monograph, Number Two.
Fraser, Barry J.
Many questions of interest to teachers, educational researchers, curriculum developers, and policymakers in science education can be asked about classroom environment. Does a classroom's environment affect student learning attitudes? What is the impact of a new curriculum or teaching method on the nature of a classroom's environment? Can teachers conveniently assess the climates of their own classrooms, and can they change these environments? What are some of the determinants of classroom environment? Is there a discrepancy between actual and preferred classroom environment as perceived by students, and does this discrepancy matter in terms of student outcomes? Do teachers and their students perceive the same classroom environments similarly? The above questions represent the thrust of the work on science classroom environments over the past 20 years and constitute the main areas covered in this monograph. This document is devoted to one approach to conceptualizing, assessing, and investigating what happens to students during their schooling. In particular, the main focus is upon students' and teachers' perceptions of important social and psychological aspects of the learning environments of school science classrooms. (SAH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Curriculum Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Laboratory Equipment, Learning Strategies, Research, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for Research in Science Teaching.