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Title:Understanding classroom environments: An organizational sensemaking approach
Author(s):Gilmore, Michael John
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Murphy, Joseph
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, General
Education, Elementary
Education, Educational Psychology
Abstract:There has been a call from quantitative and qualitative researchers to study classroom environments. Causal mapping offers a new methodological approach to understanding what might be occurring in classrooms in terms of student attitudes and beliefs. Ten students were randomly selected from two different fifth-grade classrooms. Students were interviewed to determine cognitive concept structures that they use to describe their classroom environments. Causal relationships were determined for variables identified. The primary focus of this study was to determine the efficacy of causal mapping in describing classroom environments. The data support the findings of researchers from political science and business that cognitive mapping is a method which can graphically represent an individual's assertion of causality among a set of variables.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Gilmore, Michael John
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9021686
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9021686

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