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Hodges, Tracey S.; Wright, Katherine Landau; Roberts, Kathryn L.; Norman, Rebecca R.; Coleman, Julianne – Learning Environments Research, 2019
In this study, we examined students' access to text, defined as the number of texts freely available to children in their classrooms. From 60 elementary classrooms across five states, we catalogued the books in first, third and fifth grades in both high- and low-achieving schools (based on state-wide reading test scores) to create a database of…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Grade 3
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Pereira, Nielsen; Tay, Juliana; Maeda, Yukiko; Gentry, Marcia – Learning Environments Research, 2019
The Classroom Practices Survey assesses educators' use of differentiated instruction with students achieving at average and high levels. The purposes of this study were to investigate if the Classroom Practices Survey (1) yields reliable and valid data from the groups for which it was originally designed and (2) can be used to evaluate teachers'…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Classroom Techniques, High Achievement, Low Achievement
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Deieso, Donato; Fraser, Barry J. – Learning Environments Research, 2019
Past research has revealed that, relative to primary-school students, high-school students have less-positive attitudes to mathematics and perceive their classroom environments and teacher--student relationships less favourably. This study involved the transition experience of 541 students in 47 classes in 15 primary (year 7) and secondary (year…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Adjustment, Elementary School Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics
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López, Verónica; Torres-Vallejos, Javier; Ascorra, Paula; Villalobos-Parada, Boris; Bilbao, Marian; Valdés, René – Learning Environments Research, 2018
Students' perceptions of their classroom climate have been found to relate significantly to students' learning outcomes. The purpose of the present study was to construct an instrument for assessing elementary-school students' perceptions of classroom climate, based on a previous instrument that was being used in Chile by a public national school…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Student Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Elementary School Students
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Lim, Ching-Tse Donna; Fraser, Barry J. – Learning Environments Research, 2018
Although learning environments research has thrived for decades in many countries and school subjects, English classroom environment research is still in its infancy. This article paves the way for expanding research on English classroom environments by (1) reviewing the limited past research in English classrooms and (2) reporting the first study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Classroom Environment, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Aldridge, Jill M.; Galos, Siobhan – Learning Environments Research, 2018
Over the past 40 years, numerous instruments have been developed to assess the learning environment for a variety of purposes. Despite this plethora of available surveys, there are few that have been developed for use at the primary school level, and even fewer that have been comprehensively validated. This article describes the development of a…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Questionnaires, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes
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Sivan, Atara; Cohen, Arie; Chan, Dennis W.; Kwan, Yee Wan – Learning Environments Research, 2017
The Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction (QTI) is a teacher--student relationship measure whose underlying two-dimensional structure is represented in a circumplex model with eight sectors. Using Smallest Space Analysis (SSA), this study examined the circumplex structure of the Chinese version of the QTI among a convenience sample of 731…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Teacher Student Relationship, Statistical Analysis
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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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Magen-Nagar, Noga; Steinberger, Pnina – Learning Environments Research, 2017
An innovative learning environment is the current outcome of the constructivist approach, the essence of which is co-construction of knowledge in an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) environment. We examined how Israeli students perceived 10 characteristics of their classroom learning environment--student cohesiveness, teacher…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Elementary School Students
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Brez, Caitlin; Sheets, Virgil – Learning Environments Research, 2017
Despite research demonstrating the importance of recess and free play for children, schools have been reducing free play time for more academic pursuits (Ramstetter et al. in "J Sch Health" 80:517-526, 2010; Waite-Stupiansky and Findlay in "Educ Forum" 66:16-25, 2001). Recently, there has been renewed interest in understanding…
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Recess Breaks, Play, Children
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Hillman, Susan J.; Zeeman, Stephan I.; Tilburg, Charles E.; List, Henrietta E. – Learning Environments Research, 2016
The number of students in the United States choosing science, technology, engineering or mathematics careers is declining at a time when demand for these occupations is rapidly increasing. Numerous efforts have been undertaken to reverse this trend, yet results are uncertain. One's attitude is key to many choices one makes, and this includes, for…
Descriptors: Scientific Attitudes, Attitudes, Science Instruction, Evaluation
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Peer, Jarina; Fraser, Barry J. – Learning Environments Research, 2015
Learning environment research provides a well-established approach for describing and understanding what goes on in classrooms and has attracted considerable interest in Singapore. This article reports the first study of science classroom environments in Singapore primary schools. Ten scales from the What Is Happening In this Class?,…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Gender Differences, Surveys, Attitude Measures
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Ottmar, Erin R.; Decker, Lauren E.; Cameron, Claire E.; Curby, Timothy W.; Rimm-Kaufman, Sara E. – Learning Environments Research, 2014
This study examined the quality of teacher-child interactions and exposure to mathematics instruction as predictors of 5th grade student's mathematics achievement. The sample was a subset of the children involved in the NICHD-SECC longitudinal study (N = 657). Results indicate that, even after controlling for student demographic…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Educational Quality, Elementary School Students
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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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