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What is this all about?

This topic draws attention to the importance of creating a safe climate, one that encourages mutual trust and a participatory environment in the classroom, where all students are encouraged to express themselves and feel comfortable voicing their opinions, interacting and working collaboratively with the teacher and/or their peers. Working on the social climate in the classroom means engaging students in such a way as to  facilitate their (social) learning experience. At the same time it enables the teacher to monitor and scaffold student understanding and the learning process.

In the IntRef project, practices such as classroom discussion, active and collaborative learning, and the gamification of learning,  were often at the heart  of personal reflection and collegial discussions. The results emerging from our data underline the belief that for academic teachers, creating an environment where students can fully engage with the teacher and their peers is essential in order to  foster  deep learning experiences, including and involving all students and their contributions to the class. The  discussions involving participants in the IntRef project included  a number of reflections on the challenges faced and possible strategies that can be adopted to ensure a favourable climate in the classroom and thus enhance wellbeing and  learning.

What did academics discuss?

Here we provide vignettes to illustrate what academics involved in the reflective sessions facilitated by the Intref project said relating to climate.

What resources are there to help with issues like this?

The following lists contains a range of different resources designed to further your exploration of these issues, both from a practice and scholarly perspective. This is intended as a community resource which will grow over time and to which we invite you to contribute.


Do you want to contribute?

Would you like to offer further reflections or examples emerging from your experience and or research?  Do you have other resources or references you would like to share with the community?