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Many have become aware of the need to assess both teachers' and students' perceptions of the learning environment. This study involved 1,592 tenth grade students and their teachers (n=56) in a study that investigated four aims: (1) to cross validate a slightly modified version of the actual and preferred versions of the Science Laboratory Environment Inventory (SLEI) for assessing teachers' and students' perception of the learning environment in chemistry laboratory classes in the Singapore secondary school; (2) investigate the differences in perception of the actual and preferred chemistry laboratory environments between teachers and students, students of different streams, and male and female students; (3) examine associations between students' attitudes towards chemistry and their perceived laboratory environments; and (4) compare the science laboratory environments in Singapore with those of Australia, the United States, Canada, England, Israel, and Nigeria. The results revealed that: (1) perceptions of students and teachers differed; (2) preferred perceptions were generally more favorable than actual perceptions; (3) students from different streams differed only in their preferred perceptions; and (4) females held more favorable perceptions than males. Positive associations were found between the nature of the chemistry laboratory environment and the students' attitudinal outcomes. (ZWH)

Descriptors: Chemistry, Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Comparative Education, Foreign Countries, Grade 10, High Schools, International Education, Science Education, Science Laboratories, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes











Author: Wong, Angela F. L.; Fraser, Barry J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11815&id=ED404131



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