Research in Science Education

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 213–235 | Cite as

Changing Primary Students’ Perceptions of Teacher Interpersonal Behaviours in Science

  • B. Waldrip
  • Paula Reene
  • Darrell Fisher
  • Jeff Dorman


The paper reports on part of a large-scale study aimed at examining students’ perceptions of teacher–student interactions. This paper will report on a study utilising mixed methodology in 12 Queensland primary classrooms. After the students’ perceptions were established, the teachers, through a consultative process, developed strategies to change the students’ perceptions of their classroom over a 3 month period. The paper reports on what strategies these teachers utilised and what changes in students’ perceptions resulted. The classroom teachers were interviewed about the change in students’ perceptions, what changes they had sought to promote in their classrooms, and what they felt had been achieved in their classrooms. The study found that students were able to articulate what changes the teacher had implemented, what their reaction was to these changes and their perception of the classroom environment as a result of these implemented strategies.


Students’ perceptions Teacher–student interactions Mixed methodology Classroom environment Teacher change 



The research described in this paper was supported in part by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant DP0343626.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Waldrip
    • 1
  • Paula Reene
    • 1
  • Darrell Fisher
    • 2
  • Jeff Dorman
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.SMECCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationAustralian Catholic UniversityVirginiaAustralia

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