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Goals and values in school: A model developed for describing, evaluating and changing the social climate of learning environments
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
2010 (English)In: Social Psychology of Education, ISSN 1381-2890, E-ISSN 1573-1928, Vol. 13, no 2, 207-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper defines a broad model of the psychosocial climate in educational settings. The model was developed from a general theory of learning environments, on a theory of human values and on empirical studies of children's evaluations of their schools. The contents of the model are creativity, stimulation, achievement, self-efficacy, creativity, safety, control, helpfulness, participation, responsibility and influence; they are hypothesised to be structured in a circular model. The contents are defined and related to existing theories and research in education, special education, educational psychology and sociology, on the basis of reviews of literature. The model underlies the Goals, Attitudes and Values in School questionnaire, developed to assess the characteristics ofeducational settings. The model can be a practical tool in understanding and appreciating differences between learning environments in research and assessment and it could represent a guideline for interventions aimed to analyse and improve the social climate of learning environments.

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Springer, 2010. Vol. 13, no 2, 207-235 p.
Keyword [en]
learning environments, classroom climate, educational goals, students’ evaluations
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Pedagogy Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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Special Education; Education; Child and Youth Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32484DOI: 10.1007/s11218-009-9110-6OAI: diva2:280641
Social climate, participation and learning, Vetenskapsrådet, Swedish Research Council, 2008-4733
Published in the paginated issue of Social Psychology of Education: Volume 13, Issue 2 (2010), 207-235 Available from: 2009-12-10 Created: 2009-12-10 Last updated: 2012-01-03Bibliographically approved

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