Does Classroom Culture Vary Across Different Educational Levels? A comparative Study

Koca F., İlhan G. O.

International Online Journal of Educational Sciences, vol.9, no.1, pp.65-75, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.15345/iojes.2017.01.005
  • Journal Name: International Online Journal of Educational Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: IBZ Online, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.65-75
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Classroom culture knowledge is essential for researchers and educators as it gives important tips for

learning environment and outcomes. Knowing the elements of classroom culture, it is easier to

interpret the classroom practice and learning elements. With the rising importance of classroom

culture in the last decade, the aim of this study was to explore differences and similarities about

cultural elements of two classrooms from different educational levels: K-12, and Graduate. These

classrooms were both in the United States of America, Indiana. With a description of the settings,

participants, instruments, and procedures, the results are presented in the article signalling the

different formations of K-12 and graduate classrooms. The two classrooms shared culture of the

same authority; however, K-12 classroom was found to be more libertarian.