ERIC Number: EJ1055778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
The Responsive Environmental Assessment for Classroom Teaching (REACT): The Dimensionality of Student Perceptions of the Instructional Environment
Nelson, Peter M.; Demers, Joseph A.; Christ, Theodore J.
School Psychology Quarterly, v29 n2 p182-197 Jun 2014
This study details the initial development of the Responsive Environmental Assessment for Classroom Teachers (REACT). REACT was developed as a questionnaire to evaluate student perceptions of the classroom teaching environment. Researchers engaged in an iterative process to develop, field test, and analyze student responses on 100 rating-scale items. Participants included 1,465 middle school students across 48 classrooms in the Midwest. Item analysis, including exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, was used to refine a 27-item scale with a second-order factor structure. Results support the interpretation of a single general dimension of the Classroom Teaching Environment with 6 subscale dimensions: Positive Reinforcement, Instructional Presentation, Goal Setting, Differentiated Instruction, Formative Feedback, and Instructional Enjoyment. Applications of REACT in research and practice are discussed along with implications for future research and the development of classroom environment measures.
Descriptors: Test Construction, Questionnaires, Rating Scales, Middle School Students, Item Analysis, Factor Analysis, Factor Structure, Classroom Environment, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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