ERIC Number: EJ887198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
The Meaning of Social Climate of Learning Environments: Some Reasons Why We Do Not Care Enough about It
Allodi, Mara W.
Learning Environments Research, v13 n2 p89-104 Jul 2010
The purpose of this article is to analyse reasons underlying the neglect of social climate in education. It discusses the relevance of the concept of social climate in learning environments, presents evidence for its effects and importance in special-needs and inclusive education, presents differences existing between settings and discusses the contribution of social climate to teachers' professional autonomy. The arguments support the view that social climate is an essential factor in educational processes and make incomprehensible the sparse attention given to it in educational policy, research and teacher education programs. Indications of neglect in the Swedish context are presented. The resistance towards the concept of social climate is related to: dualistic and hierarchical views; characteristics of bureaucratic systems; reductionist interpretations; difficulties in handling and evaluating social values and goals; and post-modern criticism of scientific knowledge and psychology. Implications for counteracting reductive interpretations and meeting resistance and criticism are discussed.
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Inclusive Schools, Teacher Education Programs, Learning Processes, Social Values, Social Environment, Educational Environment, Educational Policy, Criticism, Evaluation
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