Student perceptions, beliefs, or attitudes.
Students hold beliefs and attitudes toward a huge variety of things, such as each other, their teachers, their parents, and the learning environment. The perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes of students will impact their interactions with each of these entities. Consider that the students mind set is the framework in which each of these things is interpreted. Therefore, the meaning derived from interactions with other students, teachers, parents, and the various contents of the learning environment will be largely based on the beliefs and attitudes formed by the students through prior experiences. This is important to teachers and parents, as well as others who may be attempting to influence a student's thoughts and actions. To have maximal impact on a student's thinking and behavior one must have a thorough understanding of the mental framework (e.g., beliefs and attitudes) the student holds prior to any given interaction.
In the present journal volume in the special section on Students Perceptions, Beliefs, and Attitudes the contributing authors explore the inner workings of students to better understand how the students cognitions and affect impact a student's academic and social lives. The authors investigate students' perceptions, beliefs and attitudes regarding such things as the future, democracy, community, group work, social goals, and variations in the learning environment. Each study helps to further our cumulative understanding of students' inner workings, which helps us better be able to have a positive and meaningful impact on students academic engagement and learning. Generally, educators and parents alike wish to promote positive outcomes in students' cognitive, emotional, and social lives. Through studying such topics as a student's sense of community, social goals, and civic engagement we can better understand the mental lives of students, which allow us to promote more positive attitudes and beliefs regarding such things as the school community and learning.
Daniel L. McCollum, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor--Educational Foundations, University of Houston--Clear Lake
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|Author:||McCollum, Daniel L.|
|Publication:||Academic Exchange Quarterly|
|Date:||Jun 22, 2006|
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