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Assessing culturally sensitive factors in the learning environment of science classrooms


Fisher, DL and Waldrip, BG, Assessing culturally sensitive factors in the learning environment of science classrooms, Research in Science Education, 27, (1) pp. 41-49. ISSN 0157-244X (1997) [Refereed Article]

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1997 Australasian Science Education Research Association

DOI: doi:10.1007/BF02463031


As schools are becoming increasingly diverse in their scope and clientele, any examination of the interaction of culturally sensitive factors of students' learning environments with learning science assumes critical importance. The purpose of this exploratory study was to develop an instrument to assess learning environment factors that are culturally sensitive, to provide initial validation information on the instrument and to examine associations between students' perceptions of their learning environments and their attitudes towards science and achievement of enquiry skills. A measure of these factors of science student's learning environment, namely the Cultural Learning Environment Questionnaire (CLEQ), was developed from past learning environment instruments and influenced by Hofstede's four dimensions of culture (Power Distance, Uncertainty Avoidance, Individualism, and Masculinity/Femininity). The reliability and discriminant validity for each scale were obtained and associations between learning environment, attitude to science and enquiry skills achievement were found.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cultural sensitivity, learning environment, science, classroom
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Comparative and cross-cultural education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Waldrip, BG (Professor Bruce Waldrip)
ID Code:108962
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-05-13
Last Modified:2016-09-19

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