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van Rijk, Yvonne; Volman, Monique; de Haan, Dorian; van Oers, Bert – Learning Environments Research, 2017
Sociocultural theories based on the work of Vygotsky have been increasingly influential in educational sciences. Developmental education (DE) is a pedagogical approach based on Vygotskian theory that has inspired primary schools in the Netherlands to change the learning environment innovatively in a comprehensive way. In this article, we focus on…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Reading Comprehension, Developmental Programs, Grade 4
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Migliaccio, Todd; Raskauskas, Juliana; Schmidtlein, Mathew – Learning Environments Research, 2017
Past bullying research has consistently identified common locations (e.g. bathrooms, hallways, playgrounds) on school campuses where bullying occurs, but not specific locations. This limitation does not allow researchers to take into account the unique geography of individual schools and how it contributes to bullying. A random sample of 741 grade…
Descriptors: Bullying, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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McEneaney, Elizabeth H.; López, Francesca; Nieswandt, Martina – Learning Environments Research, 2014
Science educators have suggested that, for minority and low-income students, gaps between home and school science cultures necessitate "border crossing" for successful learning in science. Our analysis used National Assessment of Educational Progress 2000 and 2005 data to assess the impact of U.S. state-level policy regarding…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Hispanic American Students, Science Education
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Peoples, Shelagh M.; O'Dwyer, Laura M.; Wang, Yang; Brown, Jessica J.; Rosca, Camelia V. – Learning Environments Research, 2014
This article describes the development, validation and application of a Rasch-based instrument, the Elementary School Science Classroom Environment Scale (ESSCES), for measuring students' perceptions of constructivist practices within the elementary science classroom. The instrument, designed to complement the Reformed Teaching Observation…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Elementary School Students, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
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Zedan, Raed – Learning Environments Research, 2010
The focus of this study was the classroom climate for Grades 4, 5 and 6 students during mathematics classes in elementary schools in the Arab sector in Israel. The study included 3,786 Arab students. The use of a questionnaire indicated that five major factors related to classroom climate were Satisfaction and Enjoyment, Teacher-Student…
Descriptors: Arabs, Foreign Countries, Grade 4, Classroom Environment
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Vogler, Jane S.; Bakken, Linda – Learning Environments Research, 2007
This study explored a theory for motivation which included aspects of both attribution theory and goal theory. Motivational variables included beliefs about intelligence (entity or incremental), goal orientation (mastery/learning, performance-approach, performance-avoidance) and avoidant behaviours. Grades 4 and 5 students from a large,…
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Ethnic Groups, Goal Orientation, Student Motivation
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Allen, Debra; Fraser, Barry J. – Learning Environments Research, 2007
This research is distinctive in that parents' perceptions were utilised in conjunction with students' perceptions in investigating science classroom learning environments among Grade 4 and 5 students in South Florida. The What Is Happening In this Class? (WIHIC) questionnaire was modified for young students and their parents and administered to…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Reliability, Effect Size, Grade 4
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Van Aalst, Jan; Hill, Cher M. – Learning Environments Research, 2006
Content analyses of computer databases parsed into notes or ideas do not shed adequate light on the role of collaboration and the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning environment in knowledge building; analysis of what is happening in the classroom and how students interpret that is also needed. This study used ethnographic methods to explore…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Ethnography, Cooperation, Grade 4
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Boykin, A. Wade; Lilja, Amy J.; Tyler, Kenneth M. – Learning Environments Research, 2004
Empirical research utilizing the communal learning construct suggests that culturally-informed pedagogy enhances academic performance for African-American children. The present investigation examined the effect of culturally-informed learning contexts on recall performance in geography lessons. The sample consisted of 69 African-American Grade 4-5…
Descriptors: African American Children, Context Effect, Testing, Academic Achievement