Thirty Years of Learning Environments

Looking Back and Looking Forward


This volume is a commemorative book celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Learning Environments of the American Educational Researchers’ Association. It includes a historical perspective starting with the formation of the SIG in 1984 and the first program space at the AERA annual meeting in 1985 in Chicago. This retrospective notes other landmarks in the development of the SIG such as the creation of the international journal Learning Environments Research.

The study of learning environments was first conceptualized around the need to develop perceptual and psychosocial measures for describing students’ individual or shared educational experiences (e.g. ‘feel of the class’ or ‘classroom climate’). Over the ensuing decades, the field expanded considerably from its early roots in science education to describe other phenomenon such as teacher-student interpersonal relationships, or applications in pre-service teacher education and action research.

The book also describes several new areas of promise for the expanding field of learning environments research that in the future will include more diverse contexts and applications. These will include new contexts but established research programs in areas such as information and communications technology and environmental education, but also in emerging research contexts such as the physical classroom environment and links among learning environment contexts and students’ emotional health and well-being.

Contributors are: Perry den Brok, Rosie Dhaliwhal, Barry J. Fraser, Catherine Martin-Dunlop, David Henderson, Melissa Loh, Tim Mainhardt, George Sirrakos, Alisa Stanton, Theo Wubbels, and David B. Zandvliet.

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Biographical Note
David B. Zandvliet, Ph.D. (1999), is an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. An experienced researcher, he has published and presented widely on the topic of learning environments. His interests lie in the areas of science, and environmental education.

Barry J. Fraser, Ph.D. (1976), is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Widely considered a seminal thinker around research on students’ psychosocial environment perceptions, his main research interests include science education, learning environments and educational evaluation.
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1 Milestones in the Evolution of the Learning Environments Field over the Past Three Decades
Barry J. Fraser
2 My Journey in the Learning Environments Research Community: Research on Teacher–Student Interactions and Relationships
Theo Wubbels
3 Developments in Quantitative Methods and Analyses for Studying Learning Environments
Perry den Brok, Tim Mainhard and Theo Wubbels
4 Looking Back and Looking Forward
David B. Zandvliet
5 Evaluating the Impact of a Purposefully-Designed Active Learning Space on Student Outcomes and Behaviours in an Undergraduate Architecture Course
C. Martin-Dunlop, C. Hohmann, A. Alabanza Akers, J. Determan, L. Lewter and I. Williams
6 Development and Validation of the Questionnaire Assessing Connections to Science (QuACS)
Georgeos Sirrakos, Jr. and Barry J. Fraser
7 Using Classroom Environment Perceptions to Guide Teacher Professional Learning: A Mixed-Methods Case Study
David Henderson and Melissa Loh
8 Impacts of Learning Environments on Student Well-Being in Higher Education
Alisa Stanton, David B. Zandvliet and Rosie Dhaliwal

Policy makers, Academics, Researchers, Graduate Students, Teachers. School Admnistration
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