Assessing Classroom Environment and Attitude of Technical Students towards Mathematics and the Association between them

By Madihah Khalid.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The use of students’ and teachers’ perception of their educational environments can assist educators determine the preference of each group in teaching and learning and thus assist in improving the environment. This would hopefully result in more effective teaching and learning conditions that can thus improve students’ achievement. Studying students’ attitudes towards learning is also beneficial and can be used to improve their achievement levels as well. In this study that involves 239 technical students in Brunei Darussalam, a Classroom Environment Survey and an Attitude towards Mathematics Survey was developed and administered. The classroom environment survey consists of 56 items with 8 scales, each scale being assessed by 7 items, while the attitude survey consists of 20 items with 5 items assessing 4 different scales. The quantitative data from this survey and the qualitative data from interviews of teachers and students were analysed and the outcomes of the analyses were used in determining the actual environment and students’ preferences. These results were used to assist in the design of a suitable instructional model for the development of a teaching and learning package. This paper considers the development of the survey questionnaire and the outcomes of the analyses. The association between classroom environment and attitude is also examined and presented. At the conclusion of the paper a number of recommendations for a better classroom are discussed.

Keywords: Learning Environment

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp.127-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 602.195KB).

Dr. Madihah Khalid

Lecturer, Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

I am a teacher educator in Mathematics education, training teachers for elementary and secondary levels. I have more than 22 years of experience teaching mathematics at secondary and tertiary level (university level mathematics as well as technical education mathematics), and in teacher education. My area of interest include effective teaching and learning of mathematics, teachers’ professional development, mathematical thinking, learning environment, as well as misconception in many topics of mathematics.

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