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ERIC Number: EJ919199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0266-7363
Student Perceptions of a Positive Climate for Learning: A Case Study
Gillen, Alexia; Wright, Angela; Spink, Lucy
Educational Psychology in Practice, v27 n1 p65-82 Mar 2011
This study examines students' perceptions of factors they consider important in creating a positive classroom climate for learning. It investigates preferred learning environments and explores the associated elements identified by students. Four initial focus groups were employed with an inductive thematic analysis being undertaken to identify themes from these discussions. Based upon the results, a questionnaire was constructed and administered to 116 students in Year 7 and Year 8. Thematic analysis of focus group transcripts identified 11 themes pupils perceive as important in creating a positive learning climate. These themes reflect five dimensions of classroom climate (physical aspects, order and organisation, lesson content and delivery, peer relationships and staff/student relationships). Questionnaire analysis using a "t"-test demonstrated that these factors were considered to be important by Year 7 and 8 students as a whole, with no significant gender differences. Implications for practice in creating a positive climate for learning are identified and questions for future research are raised. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom