Dorman, Jeff and Waldrip, Bruce and Fisher, Darrell L. (2006) Classroom environment, students' perceptions of assessment, academic efficacy and attitude to science: a LISREL analysis. In: NARST 2006 Annual Meeting: Learning Science in Formal and Informal Contexts, 3-6 April 2006, San Francisco, CA, USA.
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This chapter reports a study linking students' perceptions of learning environments and assessment with academic efficacy and attitude to science in Australian secondary schools. Five scales of the What Is Happening In this Class questionnaire were used to assess the learning environment. A specially validated instrument, the Students' Perceptions of Assessment Questionnaire assessed five assessment characteristics: Congruence with Planned Learning, Authenticity, Student Consultation, Transparency and Diversity. Scales to assess attitude to science and one academic efficacy scale were employed as outcome measures. MUltiple regression and structural equation modelling with LISREL 8.3 were used to study relationships among these variables and the extent to which a postulated model fitted the data. Results showed that classroom environment and student perceptions of assessment were significant positive predictors of academic efficacy and attitude to science.
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