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Constructivist learning environments in a crossnational study in Taiwan and Australia

Aldridge, J.M., Fraser, B.J., Taylor, P.C. and Chen, C-C (2000) Constructivist learning environments in a crossnational study in Taiwan and Australia. International Journal of Science Education, 22 (1). pp. 37-55.

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This article focuses on the validation and use of English and Chinese versions of the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES) in a cross-national study of high school science classrooms in Australia and Taiwan. The CLES was administered to 1,081 students from 50 classes in Australia and 1,879 students from 50 classes in Taiwan. Data analysis supported each scale's internal consistency reliability, factor structure and ability to differentiate between classrooms, and revealed interesting differences between average scale scores in Taiwan and Australia. The questionnaire data were used to guide the collection of qualitative data in each country to explain patterns and differences in mean scale scores in Australia and Taiwan. Interviews with students also provided precautionary information regarding students' understanding of some items and the use of a Western survey to measure constructivist learning environments in an Eastern country.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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