Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Learning Environments - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Essay - Literature Review (40%) , Proposal - Research Proposal (60%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit examines the nature and importance of classroom climate, environment, atmosphere and ethos in relation to Teaching and Learning in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It focuses on research related to classroom learning environments and the topics include: past learning environment research; instruments for assessing learning environments; quantitative and mixed-methods approaches to the study of learning environments, and recent directions in learning environment research.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the history of learning environment research
  2. appraise reports on learning environment research
  3. review, utilise and design instruments for use in learning environment research
  4. critique recent quantitative and qualitative methods used in research on learning environments
  5. plan a quantitative research project involving perceptions of learning environment.
  • Essay — Literature Review (40%)
  • Proposal — Research Proposal (60%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Email address, Admission to Degree

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to field of learning environments
2Historical beginnings to field of learning environments
3Past learning environment research
4Historically important questionnaires used to assess classroom climates
5Selecting appropriate instruments - considerations of reliability and developing new instruments
6Research design - developing or contextualising a survey, selecting a suitable sample
7Qualitative approaches to the study of classroom climate
8Mixed-method and qualitative approaches
9Using student feedback as a tool for reflection in the action research process
10Monitoring school improvement
11Contemporary learning environments and leadership
12Presentation of research outlines

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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