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ERIC Number: ED502369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of the School Environment on Young People's Attitudes towards Education and Learning. Summary Report
Rudd, Peter; Reed, Frances; Smith, Paula
National Foundation for Educational Research
This document summarizes research to demonstrate the difference that Building Schools for the Future (BSF) schools are making to young people's attitudes towards education and learning, as measured by their levels of engagement and enthusiasm for school. The key research objective was further broken down into a number of research questions: (1) Has the new school environment contributed to students' levels of motivation and engagement? (2) Do students think that the new buildings/facilities have created better learning opportunities? (3) Has the move from old to new buildings affected students' study skills or their learning behaviours? (4) Have students' attitudes to school changed in any notable ways? (5) Have students' feelings of self-worth, self-esteem and self-efficacy been affected by the new environment? (6) How have the new buildings changed students' ways of learning? How has the use of ICT/new technologies changed? (7) How has the new environment affected teaching and learning? Are there any differences in the ways that teachers teach? and (8) Do students feel that the new buildings will have any impact on their learning outcomes? The evaluation consisted of "before" and "after" surveys to two year groups of students. The "before" survey was administered to Year 7 and 8 students prior to the opening of the new building at the end of the summer term 2007. The "after" survey was administered to the same year cohorts (now Years 8 and 9), towards the end of the autumn term. The same questionnaire was used in both surveys in order to enable direct comparison of student attitudes over time. Findings from both "before" and "after" surveys are presented Overall findings indicate that student attitudes had become more positive after the move into the new school buildings. The proportions of students who: (1) Said that they felt safe at school most or all of the time increased from 57 to 87 per cent; (2) Said that they felt proud of their school increased from 43 to 77 per cent; (3) Said that they enjoyed going to school increased from 50 to 61 per cent; (4) Perceived that vandalism in their school decreased from 84 per cent of respondents to 33 per cent; (5) Perceived that bullying decreased from 39 per cent of students to 16 per cent; and (6) Expected to stay on in the sixth form or to go to college increased from 64 per cent to 77 per cent. It is not possible to attribute a causal link between improved attitudes of the students and the move to the new BSF building, but the numbers and levels of positive findings suggest an association between the move to the new surroundings and improvements in students' outlooks regarding their experience of school and their expectation for the future. (Contains 38 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)