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Exploring the boundaries: A study of multiple classroom learning environments

Ritchie, S.M., Tobin, K. and Hook, K.S. (1995) Exploring the boundaries: A study of multiple classroom learning environments. Research in Science Education, 25 (3). pp. 307-322.

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The study of learning environments has developed into a productive field of research in science education. Initially, the design and application of classroom perceptual measures of particular dimensions of science classrooms attracted much attention. More recently, such instruments have been used alongside of qualitative techniques to provide a richer understanding of sub-environments. We continue this trend in the present interpretive study by exploring the nature of multiple environments within a middle school classroom from the different perspectives of teacher, student and participant observer. In particular, we examine the activity settings of lectures and group work, as well as the issues of learning and assessment. We conclude by arguing that teachers need to adopt procedures that enable them to identify and plan for multiple environments.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: 1995 Kluwer Academic Publishers
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