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An investigation into the influence of learning environments, attitudes, perceptions and environmental factors on task performance: A study of Irish secondary school students

Collins, Sonja (2017) An investigation into the influence of learning environments, attitudes, perceptions and environmental factors on task performance: A study of Irish secondary school students. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Objective:
This study aimed to determine if there is a difference in levels of performance of children taught in prefabs and classrooms. Furthermore, to determine a relationship between attitudes, perceptions and environmental factors with task performance. An abundance of research has shown the environment in which a child learns is central to their performance also a room of poor architecture has a negative impact on their performance. Therefore conducting this research will fill a gap in the research determining if the prefab environment has a negative impact on one’s task performance.

Methods:
This study consisted of 54 participants, 51 students and 3 teachers. Participants were of mixed ability and split according to which of the three environments they learned in; classroom, old prefab, new prefab. Participants were assessed in task performance, attitudes and perceptions. Environmental readings were measured in terms of noise and temperature. Participants took part in the trail making test to measure performance.

Results:
Descriptive statistics indicated a difference in task performance between the three environments although the difference was non-significant. Additionally, attitudes and perceptions did not have a relationship with performance. However, the environment temperature is drastically colder in the new prefab as opposed to the classroom. Also both teachers and students reported a negative attitude towards the prefab, preferring the classroom.

Conclusion:
Findings of this study determine that although task performance does not have a significant difference within the three environments it may be due to there not being enough power therefore a type two error may be the result of failure to meet significant a result. Additionally, both teachers and students have a negative attitude towards prefabs. Therefore, further research should be conducted to determine the underlying cause and impacts of these attitudes.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 09:12
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 09:12
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2765

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