What does the Australian teacher look like: Australian typologies for teacher-student interpersonal behaviour

Conference Contribution

Rickards, T., Brok, den, P.J. & Fisher, D. (2003). What does the Australian teacher look like: Australian typologies for teacher-student interpersonal behaviour. Western Australian Institute for Educational Research, 18th Annual Research Forum 2003 at Edith Cowan University, 9th of August 2003 (pp. 1-23). Perth: Western Australian Institute for Educational Research. In Scopus Cited 0 times.

Abstract

 

Development of an Australian typology of interpersonal teacher behaviour has not been done before. This study reports on the first such typology. Teacher interpersonal behaviour was measured by asking students for their perceptions of their teachers' interpersonal behaviour using the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction (QTI). Earlier work of the QTI in the Netherlands revealed eight different interpersonal styles. These eight styles were later confirmed in an American sample of Secondary school teachers. The present study investigates to what extent the earlier found typology also applies to a sample of Australian secondary school teachers. For this purpose, student perception data have been aggregated to the class level. We first checked with SPSS whether the eight types found in the Netherlands and US were also present in the Australian data. A cluster analysis using various clustering methods and procedures was used to determine Australian typologies and compare this to earlier Dutch findings.

Results of the cluster analyses were verified by analyses of variance (ANOVA), by plotting QTI scale scores graphically and by presenting a set of sector graphics to two independent researchers and having them sort these into different styles as found in the statistical analyses.