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ERIC Number: EJ1074090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: EISSN-1696-2095
A Tool for Assessing Social Climate in University Classrooms
Sánchez, Carles Rostan; Ortiz, Dolors Cañabate; Carrasco, Mònica González; Carbo, Pilar Albertín; Burriel, Marc Pérez
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v13 n2 p387-408 Sep 2015
Introduction: Despite academic climate being a key aspect of teaching quality in academic institutions, few studies conducted in the university context have analyzed this construct systematically. Method: Given the absence of specific tools to apply to university, we propose the construction of a tool for assessing college students' perceptions of their class climate based on an adapted questionnaire regarding social climate in the classroom designed for secondary schools. Results: The exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses conducted on a sample of 330 college students from different disciplines and years resulted in a 22-item questionnaire with one second-order factor on academic climate separable into three first-order factors (the professor's performance and relationship with the students, affective atmosphere--sense of belonging--and normative behavior, and relationships between students). Discussion and Conclusion: The Classroom Social Climate Scale for Universities (CSCS-U) has adequate psychometric properties and is a good starting point from which to evaluate classroom climate in the university context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain