Mapping Measurement Scales for the Assessment of Learning Environments

  •  Cléssia Fernandes de Brito Santiago    
  •  Anielson Barbosa da Silva    


This article aims to map the scales validated in the international literature for the assessment of learning environments. A systematic literature review was carried out in articles from the web of Science database in the period from 1970 to 2020. After completing the three stages proposed by Tranfield, Denyer, and Smart (2003), 94 articles were selected to compose the final sample. Most of the articles analyzed were published from 2011 to 2020 (54.2%). Barry J. Fraser is the author who published most of the articles from the analyzed sample (10), which confirms his representativeness in studies involving the subject. Most articles involve the area of Education and Educational Research (78.7%). Twenty scales used to assess the learning environment were identified. The What Is Happening In This Class? Instrument is the most cited and most used in the articles analyzed. We also identified that the six dimensions of this instrument appear in four or five different scales, which reveals its contribution to the construction of assessment scales. The study results can assist in the development of a multidimensional scale of learning environments.

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