ERIC Number: EJ1144946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Investigating Middle School Students' Perceptions of Their Learning Environments through Drawings
McHatton, Patricia Alvarez; Shaunessy-Dedrick, Elizabeth; Farmer, Jennie L.; Ray, Sharon N. E.; Bessette, Harriet J.
Middle Grades Research Journal, v9 n2 p37-55 2014
The purpose of this study was to explore through student drawings and corresponding narratives, middle grades students' perceptions of their learning environment, which we defined to include pedagogy, interactions (teacher-student and student-student), and climate, and how these may differ based on service delivery model (i.e., gifted, special education, or general education settings). Although the use of drawing has been suggested as a compelling method to both inform and facilitate educational change (Haney, Russell, & Bebell, 2004), the extant literature rarely includes student-centered representations of classroom climate or perspectives, particularly as differentiated across common service delivery models. A total of 132 middle grades students participated in this investigation, representing each of the 3 sectors. Findings suggest that middle grade students perceive differential classroom experiences in terms of instructional methods, interactions, and behavior management based upon service delivery. Implications for P-12 practice, and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Environment, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Academically Gifted, Freehand Drawing, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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