ERIC Number: EJ1144112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
A Cross-National Mixed-Method Study of Reality Pedagogy
Sirrakos, George, Jr.; Fraser, Barry J.
Learning Environments Research, v20 n2 p153-174 Jul 2017
This mixed-methods cross-national study investigated the effectiveness of reality pedagogy (an approach in which teachers become part of students' activities, practices and rituals) in terms of changes in student perceptions of their learning environment and attitudes towards science. A questionnaire was administered to 142 students in grades 8-10 in the Bronx, New York City and Dresden, Germany. The questionnaire combines learning environment scales from the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey and the What Is Happening In this Class? Questionnaire with attitude scales from the Test of Science-Related Attitudes. Student interviews were used to support questionnaire findings. Quantitative data analyses revealed that reality pedagogy had a greater impact on students in the Bronx than in Dresden, with qualitative data clarifying differences in how reality pedagogy was enacted in each geographic area. Overall, our findings add to the body of evidence concerning the effectiveness of reality pedagogy as an approach to teaching and learning science across a variety of contexts.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Educational Environment, Scientific Attitudes, Questionnaires, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Foreign Countries, Constructivism (Learning), Likert Scales, Surveys, Secondary School Students, Attitude Measures, Science Education, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Mixed Methods Research, Cross Cultural Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Grade 9; High Schools; Grade 10
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York); Germany
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Constructivist Learning Environment Survey; Test of Science Related Attitudes
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