ERIC Number: EJ1132255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
Field-Study Science Classrooms as Positive and Enjoyable Learning Environments
Zaragoza, Julien M.; Fraser, Barry J.
Learning Environments Research, v20 n1 p1-20 Apr 2017
We investigated differences between field-study classrooms and traditional science classrooms in terms of the learning environment and students' attitudes to science, as well as the differential effectiveness of field-study classrooms for students differing in sex and English proficiency. A modified version of selected scales from the What Is Happening In this Class? questionnaire was used to assess the learning environment, whereas students' attitudes were assessed with a shortened version of a scale from the Test of Science Related Attitudes. A sample of 765 grade 5 students from 17 schools responded to the learning environment and attitude scales in terms of both their traditional science classrooms and classrooms at a field-study centre in Florida. Large effect sizes supported the effectiveness of the field-studies classroom in terms of both the learning environment and student attitudes. Relative to the home school science class, the field-study class was considerably more effective for students with limited English proficiency than for native English speakers.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Field Studies, Conventional Instruction, Questionnaires, Attitude Measures, Grade 5, Effect Size, Limited English Speaking, Native Speakers, Comparative Analysis, Instructional Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Florida