Assessment of Classroom Environments

Maribeth Gettinger, Clarissa J. Schienebeck, Stephanie Seigel and Laura Vollmer

in The Oxford Handbook of School Psychology

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195369809
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Assessment of Classroom Environments

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The quality of classroom environments is a central variable in determining behavioral and learning outcomes of students. This chapter reviews learning environment research that links measurable dimensions of teaching and classroom environments to student performance, including effective teaching behaviors, classroom management, teacher–student relationships, academic learning time, emotional climate and support, grouping format, class size, and physical characteristics. A review of three approaches to assessing these dimensions of classroom environments is provided; specifically, classroom observations, classroom environment surveys, and eco-behavioral assessment. Finally, implications for classroom practice and future directions for research are presented.

Keywords: learning environment; eco-behavioral assessment; effective teaching; academic engaged time; classroom climate; functional assessment

Article.  17456 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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