The Assessment of the Psychosocial Learning Environment of University Statistics Classrooms

In: The Translational Design of Universities


This chapter draws on the field of learning environments and focusses on some of the pedagogical, social and psychological aspects of classroom environments associated with the design of university settings. Although most past learning environment research has focused on school settings, this chapter applies these research traditions to the teaching and learning of university-level statistics. With a sample of 375 students studying business statistics at a university in California, we developed and validated a questionnaire to assess student perceptions of psychosocial aspects of their classroom environments (e.g. teacher support, involvement, task orientation and equity) and investigated some determinants of classroom environment (sex, age, ethnicity) and some effects of classroom environment on student outcomes (achievement, enjoyment, statistics anxiety).


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