Learning within and beyond the classroom: compulsory school students voicing their positive experiences of school

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

The aim of this study was to describe, reflect upon, and create a deeper understanding of aspects relevant for promoting a positive school environment from a student perspective. The data was analyzed by using an inductive phenomenological method and based on written responses from 200 Swedish students from grades 5–9. The results indicated that the students found aspects within, as well as beyond, the classroom relevant for a positive school environment. For instance, outings were considered relevant for building and maintaining friendships and for learning processes. Moreover, the students discussed formal and informal conditions and considered social as well as structural circumstances important for having a good time in school. The relation between learning and well-being was also emphasized by the students.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)555-570
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2012