Elementary School Students `Learning Preferences and the Classroom Learning Environment: Implications for Educational Practice and Policy

Johnson, Leona M.
June 2006
Journal of Negro Education;Summer2006, Vol. 75 Issue 3, p506
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study was to investigate fifth grade students' perceptions of learning preferences for individualistic, competitive, cooperative, and communal learning. This investigation also examined students' perceptions of their classroom-learning environment, including what students liked best around the classroom and their favorite learning activities. The findings revealed that students prefer group learning compared to individualistic and competitive learning. Over seventy percent of students across geographic areas (urban, rural, and suburban areas) revealed preferences for hands-on classroom activities, including activities that promote learning and allow students to have fun at the same time, rather than passive activities. The values of the teacher and classmates, as well as the physical arrangement and components of the classroom, were revealed


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