Development of an instrument for assessing senior high school students’ preferred and perceived laboratory classroom environment

Chien Hua Hsiao, Ying Tien Wu, Chung Yen Lin, Terrence William Wong, Hsieh Hai Fu, Ting Kuang Yeh, Chung Yen Chang

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This study aimed to develop an instrument, named the inquiry-based laboratory classroom environment instrument (ILEI), for assessing senior high-school science students’ preferred and perceived laboratory environment. A total of 262 second-year students, from a senior-high school in Taiwan, were recruited for this study. Four stages were included in the development of the ILEI: (1) item formulation, (2) content validation, (3) construct validation and (4) reliability calculation. The study revealed that the ILEI was valid and reliable. Most students showed a preference for a student-directed and teacher-guided hybrid learning environment. The development of the ILEI is likely to help researchers and teachers to more effectively understand student views of the laboratory classroom environment. Our profound hope is to utilise ILEI to improve teachers’ assessment and students’ learning in inquiry-based laboratory classroom environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-399
Number of pages11
JournalLearning Environments Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 18



  • Inquiry
  • Laboratory classroom environment
  • Taiwan
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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