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This article reports a study involving: (1) developing and validating a learning environment instrument, (2) investigating whether reflection on feedback generated using the instrument led to improvements in the learning environment and (3) examining how teachers used the feedback. For the new learning environment instrument, validity was supported...
One of the seven focus schools, the critical instance school, linked their involvement in the research program to one component of their multi-faceted school improvement plan which aimed to foster and develop a culture of improvement within the school.
The large-scale research program involved the use of a multi-method design that was comprised of two concurrent and interrelated investigations. The first (Part A) investigated the development and validation of the two instruments, one to assess students’ perceptions of the learning environment and another to assess their attitudes and academic sel...
Whereas the purpose of the previous chapter was to report the development and validation of the two instruments developed as part of the research program, the COLES and the ASBS, this chapter describes how teachers used student feedback, generated using the two instruments, to improve the classroom learning environment.
The issue of teacher quality is increasingly seen as being central to education policy development and this emphasis highlights the role teacher professional development plays in improving teacher effectiveness and the quality of learning in the classroom. This book describes a large-scale research program which investigated the feasibility of usin...
This article reports the development, validation and use of an instrument designed to provide teachers with feedback information, based on students’ perceptions, about their classroom environments. The instrument was developed to provide teachers with feedback that they could use to reflect on their teaching practices and, in turn, guide the implem...
This paper reports a case study of one school which used teacher action research as part of a school-wide initiative to improve the classroom learning environment. At this school, a total of 35 senior secondary teachers were involved in the study over a three-year period. Each of these teachers selected one or two classes and used feedback data, ga...
An extended programme of research related to school- and classroom-level learning environments; their impact on student, staff and school outcomes; and effective school improvement strategies including data-driven action research to enhance learning environments. This programme is associated with the National School Improvement Partnerships initiative (Australia) - www.NSIPartnerships.com.au