ERIC Number: EJ1004135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Kindergarten Students' and Parents' Perceptions of Science Classroom Environments: Achievement and Attitudes
Robinson, Esther; Fraser, Barry J.
Learning Environments Research, v16 n2 p151-167 Jul 2013
This study, involving the modification, validation and use of a learning environment questionnaire for both kindergarten students and their parents, is significant because prior learning environment research has normally involved neither parents nor such young students. A questionnaire, which was based on the What Is Happening In this Class? and assessed actual and preferred teacher support, involvement, cooperation and equity, exhibited sound factorial validity, internal consistency reliability and the ability to differentiate between classrooms. Parents perceived a more favourable actual classroom environment than students, but students preferred a more favourable environment than parents. Associations were found between kindergarten students' achievement and attitudes and the nature of the learning environment.
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Reliability, Kindergarten, Classroom Environment, Parent Attitudes, Science Curriculum, Achievement, Educational Environment, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Preschool Education
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