Identifying exemplary science teachers through students' perceptions of their learning environment

Waldrip, Bruce and Fisher, Darrell L. and Dorman, Jeff (2009) Identifying exemplary science teachers through students' perceptions of their learning environment. Learning Environments Research, 12 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1387-1579


The purpose of this study was to examine students' psychosocial perceptions of their science classroom learning environment in order to identity exemplary teachers. This mixed-method study used the valid and reliable questionnaire, What Is Happening In this Class? (WIHIC), with over 3,000 middle school students in 150 classrooms in Australia. Exemplary teachers were defined as those whose students' perceptions were more than one standard deviation above the mean on three of the five scales of Student Cohesiveness, Teacher Support, Involvement, Task Orientation, and Equity. The reliability of the WIHIC scales ranged from 0.75-0.87. Eta2 showed that the WIHIC was able to distinguish between perceptions of the students in the classroom. This factor was used to identify exemplary teachers. The construct validity of the WIHIC to identify these exemplary teachers was confirmed through interviews with students and these views are reported in the article.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting Author's version which may be deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2009 08:18
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2014 01:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning environment, science secondary, primary science, elementary teacher perceptions
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s10984-008-9049-0

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