ERIC Number: EJ977975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Capturing Essential Understandings of the Urban Science Learning Environment
Bayne, Gillian U.
Learning Environments Research, v15 n2 p231-250 Jul 2012
This research is distinctive in that a mixed-methods approach, employing both cogenerative dialogues and student responses from the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES), was used to help to understand 9th grade urban students' experiences in their biochemistry class in New York City. Factor analyses of student responses demonstrated that empirically there were four robust scales rather than five. Qualitative analyses, using cogenerative dialogues and informal interviewing, demonstrated that more adaptable forms of teaching, learning and assessing could support a variety of students. Shared with students, the contents of the CLES and cogenerative dialogues created opportunities for understanding ontologies and helped to create, access and appropriate resources that assist in bringing about success in the science classroom.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Urban Schools, Interviews, Biochemistry, Grade 9, Educational Environment, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Interpersonal Communication, Scaling, Factor Analysis, Science Instruction, Mixed Methods Research, Student Surveys, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Constructivist Learning Environment Survey