ERIC Number: EJ1039025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
A Typology of Chemistry Classroom Environments: Exploring the Relationships between 10th Grade Students' Perceptions, Attitudes and Gender
Giallousi, M.; Gialamas, V.; Pavlatou, E. A.
Learning Environments Research, v16 n3 p349-366 Oct 2013
The present study was the first in Greece in which educational effectiveness theory constituted a knowledge base for investigating the impact of chemistry classroom environment in 10 Grade students' enjoyment of class. An interpretive heuristic schema was developed and utilised in order to incorporate two factors of teacher behaviour at classroom level, namely, "content coverage" and "cognitive teaching processes", with the patterns of a typology of classroom environments. The latter was drawn from data collected in Attica (a region in Greece) using a new and valid instrument, the How Chemistry Class is Working, while the Enjoyment of Chemistry Lessons scale was used to measure students' attitudes. A two-step cluster analysis revealed four patterns of the typology that were adaptable to the heuristic schema. The relationship between the patterns and students' gender, as well the variation in the level of students' enjoyment among the patterns, were explored. The traditional chemistry classroom environments were found to prevail and to be less enjoyable for the students, especially for the girls. It was found also that students enjoy chemistry lessons more when their goals are taken into account and they have an active role in learning process.
Descriptors: Grade 10, Foreign Countries, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Teacher Behavior, Course Content, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment, Student Attitudes, Multivariate Analysis, Gender Differences, Student Interests, Conventional Instruction, Learner Engagement, Goal Orientation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Greece