Students' perceptions of primary teachers' interpersonal behaviour and of cultural dimensions in the classroom environment

Fisher, Darrell L. and Waldrip, Bruce and den Brok, Perry (2005) Students' perceptions of primary teachers' interpersonal behaviour and of cultural dimensions in the classroom environment. International Journal of Educational Research, 43 (1-2). pp. 25-38. ISSN 0883-0355

Abstract

Within the domain of learning environments research many studies have investigated students' perceptions of their teachers’ interpersonal behavior. The present study adds to this line of research by (a) focusing on primary education, rather than secondary education, (b) establishing associations between perceptions of teacher interpersonal behavior and perceptions of cultural elements of the learning environment rather than uniquely focusing on interpersonal behavior, (c) linking perceptions of teacher interpersonal behavior to affective student outcomes taking into account perceptions of cultural elements of the learning environment. Results of correlation analyses and multilevel analyses of variance, conducted on perception and outcome data of a sample of 2178 Australian years 5, 6 and 7 students in 103 primary classrooms are presented. Students' perceptions of their learning environment were mapped with the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction (QTI) and a primary version of the Cultural Learning Environment Questionnaire (CLEQ). Results indicate that, after correction for covariates, teacher proximity (QTI) and congruence (CLEQ) are significantly associated with students’ enjoyment in science. Also, strong associations were found between teacher proximity and all of the CLEQ scales.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Prof Bruce Waldrip
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2007 07:18
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher–student relationship; motivation; culture
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.ijer.2006.03.004
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3327

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