ERIC Number: EJ1107370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
The Stability of Student Ratings of the Class Environment
Nelson, Peter M.; Hall, Gordon; Christ, Theodore J.
Journal of Applied School Psychology, v32 n3 p254-267 2016
The present study used data for 30 classes across 10 middle and high school teachers to evaluate the stability of class-level ratings on the Responsive Environmental Assessment for Classroom Teaching across time. Teachers collected data on 2 occasions and students' ratings (N = 806) were aggregated to the class-level. Classes were arranged into 2 groups on the basis of the latency between repeated administrations (M[subscript groups] = 8.1 and 15.1 weeks). Correlations between class ratings were slightly larger among classes in the first group (range = 0.73 to 0.87) relative to the second group (range = 0.62 to 0.75) which had a larger gap in time between data collections. Results provide evidence for the stability of students' perceptions of the instructional environment when those ratings are interpreted at the level of a class and support ongoing work to establish norms and benchmarks to guide interpretation.
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Rating Scales, Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Middle School Students, High School Students, Correlation, Classes (Groups of Students), Reliability, Attitude Measures, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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