HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI EGITIM FAKULTESI DERGISI-HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, vol.30, no.1, pp.178-194, 2015 (SSCI)
The aim of this study was to investigate fifth grade students' opinions about the learning environments in science and technology courses based on several variables in relation to constructivism. The study was designed based on a survey method. The Constructivist Learning Environment Scale was used as the data collection tool. Arithmetic means, standard deviations, percentage calculations, t-tests and an ANOVA were used in the statistical data analysis. The findings from this study revealed that the fifth grade students regarded learning environments in the science and technology courses to be constructivist at or above a medium level. It was further determined that the students' opinions about learning environments in science and technology courses did not differentiate according to gender, the number of Science and Technology textbooks in their homes or the educational backgrounds of the students' mothers. On the other hand, a positive differentiate was identified between the educational backgrounds of the students' fathers and the students' opinions about learning environments in science and technology courses. It was also found that learning environments that were aligned with real life, well-equipped homes and school environments had a positive influence on the students' opinions regarding learning environments.