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ERIC Number: EJ924363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1387-1579
Validity and Reliability of a Shortened, Revised Version of the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES)
Johnson, Bruce; McClure, Robert
Learning Environments Research, v7 n1 p65-80 Jan 2004
The purpose of the study was to investigate the use of an existing instrument, the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES)(Taylor, Dawson & Fraser, 1995; Taylor, Fraser & Fisher, 1993, 1997), for providing insights into the classroom learning environments of beginning science teachers. In the first year of the study, the CLES was used with 290 upper elementary, middle, and high school science teachers and preservice teachers. As part of a larger study of the classroom environments and teaching practices of beginning science teachers, data also were gathered through classroom observations of and interviews with some of the participating teachers. Exploratory factor analysis and internal consistency reliability analysis, as well as examination of each item and of participants' questions and comments about them, led to a shortened, revised version of the CLES, named the CLES 2(20). The five original scales were retained, but the number of items in each scale was reduced from six to four. The single negatively worded item was eliminated. Some of the original items were rephrased. The revised CLES was then used in the second, third and fourth years of the study. Examples of feedback based on CLES data is provided to researchers to assist them in writing teacher profiles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Constructivist Learning Environment Survey