ERIC Number: EJ1039029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
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Reference Count: 58
Mapping Context-Based Learning Environments: The Construction of an Instrument
de Putter-Smits, L. G. A.; Taconis, R.; Jochems, W. M. G.
Learning Environments Research, v16 n3 p437-462 Oct 2013
The current trend in science curricula is to adopt a context-based pedagogical approach to teaching. New study materials for this innovation are often designed by teachers working with university experts. In this article, it is proposed that teachers need to acquire corresponding teaching competences to create a context-based learning environment. These competences comprise an adequate emphasis, context establishment, concept transfer, support of student active learning, (re-)design of context-based materials, and assistance in implementation of the innovation. The implementation of context-based education would benefit from an instrument that maps these competences. The construction and validation of such an instrument (mixed-methods approach) to measure the context-based learning environment is described in this paper. The composite instrument was tested in a pilot study among 8 teachers and 162 students who use context-based materials in their classrooms. The instrument's reliability was established and correlating data sources in the composite instrument were identified. Various aspects of validity were addressed and found to be supported by the data obtained. As expected, the instrument revealed that context-based teaching competence is more prominently visible in teachers with experience in designing context-based materials, confirming the instrument's validity.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Context Effect, Teaching Methods, Test Construction, Test Validity, Pilot Projects, Test Reliability, Educational Environment, Environmental Influences, Mixed Methods Research
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