Learning Environments Research

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 211–225 | Cite as

Classroom climate and motivated behaviour in secondary schools

  • Angelika Anderson
  • Richard J. Hamilton
  • John Hattie


For some children, school failure is attributed to a lack in motivation. This article reports a study of motivation from an ecological perspective, considering the individual in interaction with the meaningful environment. Unlike much of the motivational literature that measures motivation in terms of constructs that are assessed largely via self-report, the dependent variables used in this study were three measures of more immediate classroom behaviours: participation, self-reported engagement, and task completion. The results show that aspects of classroom climate are significantly related to all of these measures of motivation. Implications for practice are discussed.

Key Words

affiliation classroom climate classroom environment learning environments motivated behaviour motivation participation/engagement secondary schools task completion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angelika Anderson
    • 1
  • Richard J. Hamilton
    • 1
  • John Hattie
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Centre for Interventions Teaching and LearningThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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