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ERIC Number: EJ829935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1387-1579
Identifying Exemplary Science Teachers through Students' Perceptions of Their Learning Environment
Waldrip, Bruce G.; Fisher, Darrell L.; Dorman, Jeffrey
Learning Environments Research, v12 n1 p1-13 Apr 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine students' psychosocial perceptions of their science classroom learning environment in order to identify exemplary teachers. This mixed-method study used the valid and reliable What Is Happening In this Class? (WIHIC) questionnaire with over 3,000 middle school students in 150 classrooms in Australia. Exemplary teachers were defined as those whose students' perceptions were more than one standard deviation above the mean for three of the five scales of Student Cohesiveness, Teacher Support, Involvement, Task Orientation and Equity. The reliability of the WIHIC scales ranged from 0.75 to 0.87. Eta[superscript 2] showed that the WIHIC was able to distinguish between the perceptions of the students in the classroom. The construct validity of the WIHIC for identifying these exemplary teachers was confirmed through interviews with students and these views are reported in the article.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia