Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to the field of learning environments: Historical beginnings
    • Overview of the lines of research carried out in the field of learning environments
    • Assessing the learning environment: Historically important and contemporary questionnaires
    • Using student voice as a tool for improving the learning environment
    • Creating safe classroom environments
    • Validation of an Instrument
    • Inclusive classroom environments , physical learning environment
    • Designing research: Developing and contextualising research, selecting a sample, considering methods , making sense of the data
    • School-Level Environment: The organisational climate and leadership
    • School-Level Environment and Student outcomes
    • Developing a Research Proposal
    • Presentation of research outlines
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • FAQs
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Research Proposal (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - Literature Review (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • CUR-SMEC622

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment
  • OtherDetails -
    • Additional materials

This subject 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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