Interpersonal Relationships in Education

An Overview of Contemporary Research

  • Theo Wubbels
  • Perry den Brok
  • Jan van Tartwijk
  • Jack Levy

Part of the Advances in Learning Environments Research book series (ALER, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
    1. Theo Wubbels, Perry Den Brok, Jan Van Tartwijk, Jack Levy
      Pages 1-15
  2. Student Oriented

  3. School Oriented

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 86-86
    2. Nienke M. Moolenaar, Alan J. Daly, Peter J. J. Sleegers
      Pages 87-101
    3. Walter Doyle, Dennis Rosemartin
      Pages 137-147
  4. Teacher Oriented

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 150-150
    2. Ridwan Maulana, Marie-Christine Opdenakker, Perry Den Brok, Roel J. Bosker
      Pages 207-224
    3. Theo Wubbels, Marie-Christine Opdenakker, Perry Den Brok
      Pages 225-249
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-256

About this book


This book brings together recent research on interpersonal relationships in education. Clearly, positive teacher-student relationships strongly contribute to student learning. Problematic relationships on the other hand can be detrimental to student outcomes and development. Productive learning environments are characterized by supportive and warm interactions throughout the class: teacher-student and student-student. Similarly, teacher learning thrives when principals facilitate accommodating and safe school cultures.The contributions to this book are based on presentations at the first International Conference on Interpersonal Relationships in Education: ICIRE 2010 held in Boulder, Colorado, the United States and include among others keynote addresses by Kathryn Wentzel, Walter Doyle and Theo Wubbels. The chapters help explain how constructive learning environment relationships can be developed and sustained. Contributions come from among others educational and social psychology, teacher and school effectiveness research, and communication and language studies, among other fields. They cover relationships of teachers with individual students and among peers, and relationships between teachers and teachers and principals.


learning environment teacher-student relationship

Authors and affiliations

  • Theo Wubbels
    • 1
  • Perry den Brok
    • 2
  • Jan van Tartwijk
    • 3
  • Jack Levy
    • 4
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Eindhoven University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  4. 4.University of MassachusettsUSA

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