Student perceptions of teacher-student interpersonal behaviour and cultural factors of learning environment in metropolitan and country schools

Waldrip, Bruce and Fisher, Darrell L. and Dorman, Jeff (2007) Student perceptions of teacher-student interpersonal behaviour and cultural factors of learning environment in metropolitan and country schools. Education in Rural Australia, 17 (2). pp. 37-54. ISSN 1036-0026

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Abstract

This paper reports the findings from a study of 2,176 students in 103 science classrooms in Western Australia and Queensland. Two questionnaires, the Questionnaire of Teacher Interaction and the Cultural Learning Environment Questionnaire were used with attitudinal and concept understanding measures to collect data from schools from geographically diverse locations, namely, metropolitan, rural and remote areas. The paper provides information on the differences that occur between three locations, for example, in their understanding of science concepts, metropolitan students scored less than rural students who scored less than provincial students; and associations between students' culturally sensitive learning environment and their attitudes and student understanding of science concepts were found in that more positive student attitudes were associated with more equitable treatment, competition and congruence between school and home.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with blanket permission of Editor.
Depositing User: Prof Bruce Waldrip
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2009 12:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: science teaching, interpersonal behaviour, learning environment, country schools
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4525

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