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Positive Classroom Learning Environments, Improved Student Outcomes

The Teacher Development Center, Center for Science/Mathematics Education Research, and Office of Educational Enhancement at The University of Texas at Dallas are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to another Seminar for Life-long Learners by Professor Barry Fraser.

Since its beginnings 40 years ago, the field of learning environments has grown considerably and spread around the world. Although qualitative data-collection methods have provided important insights, a hallmark of the field today is the availability of a rich range of economical and valid questionnaires for assessing students’ perceptions of their classroom environments. As dependent variables, learning environment assessments have provided useful criteria of effectiveness for evaluating a large range of educational programs and teaching approaches. As independent variables, positive learning environments have consistently produced improved student outcomes (including achievement) for many different school subjects, grade levels and countries. Given the established links between positive learning environments and improved student outcomes, it is important that practitioners pay greater attention to assessing, monitoring and improving their classroom learning environments.

Professor Fraser is the Director of the Science/Mathematics Education Centre and the Key Centre for School Science and Mathematics and the Dean of Graduate Studies within the Faculty of Science & Engineering at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. He holds a PhD from Monash University.

Especially designed with classroom teachers, school administrators, educational professionals, higher education faculty and staff, young adults, parents and grandparents in mind, these presentations are free and open to the public! For more information, please call 972-883-2496.

As the University is in the midst of a campus enhancement effort, please use the North Floyd Road entrance. Convenient parking neat the McDermott Library (MC) is available in Lots C and D as indicated on the campus map.

  • Updated: February 4, 2009