Psychological Sense of Community: Relationship to Human Learning

By Helen Vrailas Bateman.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The objective of this study is to investigate students’ psychological sense of community in a classroom setting and its relationship to students’ achievement goals. One hundred sixty-two students attending a public middle school participated in the study. Students completed a self-report survey that assessed their psychological sense of community in the classroom and their learning and performance orientation goals twice during the academic year. Students’ academic achievement scores in a variety of content areas were also collected. Results indicate that students’ psychological sense of community in the classroom at the beginning of the year was a significant predictor of students’ learning/mastery goals at the end of the year even after controlling for students’ academic ability. Psychological sense of community in the classroom was not related to students’ performance orientation.

Keywords: Psychological Sense of Community, Community, Learning, Achievement Goals, Mastery, Performance

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp.117-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.798MB).

Dr. Helen Vrailas Bateman

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN, USA

Dr. Helen Vrailas Bateman received her doctorate from the Psychology and Human Development Department of Vanderbilt University. She was the recipient of a two-year McDonnell Foundation Fellowship award. She then worked as a research fellow at the Learning Technology Center, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. She is presently assistant professor of Psychology at the University of the South. Her research and publications have explored the construct of Psychological Sense of Community, its dimensions, and its importance in human learning. She has developed and validated a scale measuring Psychological Sense of Community in a variety of settings. Her measure and research findings have been used extensively in a variety of educational settings and countries.

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