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Yee, Flora Woei Chee
Thesis (M.A.) (Applied Psychology) National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Tan, Ai-Girl
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This dissertation explored the secondary school students' perceptions of choral learning environment. A total of 122 students participated in a survey. The survey questionnaire was developed taking into consideration the responses of a pilot study in which students were requested to list what they liked and disliked about choir. The study examined learning environments from cultural, interpersonal, intrapersonal, classroom (content-related) and physical perspectives. Referring to these multi-perspectives of learning environment, the survey comprised nine aspects namely choir instructor, teacher-in-charge, choir members, school, curriculum, hall, music room, motivation/own interest, and general. Interpersonal environment - choir instructor, teacher-in-charge, choir members, cultural environment - school, classroom (content-related) environment-curriculum, physical environment - music room, hall, intrapersonal environment - motivation/own interest. The study had three research questions : Are there any difference in perceptions of the choral learning environments between (i) genders, (ii) less or more motivated students, and (iii) different schools. Major findings show that self-reported motivation was one of the most important factors that influenced perceptions of learning environments. Gender was less significant in such perceptions compared to self-reported motivation and self-perceived school environment.

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